The Kia Oval will next week be transformed into The Micky Stewart Oval for the duration of the Surrey v Yorkshire County Championship fixture, between Tuesday September 20th and Friday September 23rd.
To celebrate such a special occasion in the history of Surrey County Cricket Club, a limited-edition range of commemorative mugs are being released – with profits going to the charity of Micky’s choosing.
Micky, an Alleyn’s School alumni, is donating all of the profits to an initiative the school have set up which allows local state primaries access to their state-of-the-art cricket and other sporting facilities. The ambitious Alleyn’s Academy aims to enable social mobility through sport. It welcomes over 100 children every week for action-packed sporting activities run by Alleyn’s in partnership with organisations and individuals from the world of elite sport.
Micky Stewart OBE said: “Alleyn’s School is where I went to school, and obviously they played a great part in my development. I’d like to use this money to support what they do with the local primary schools, with an emphasis on cricket.”
Head of Alleyn’s, Jane Lunnon, said: “It is absolutely wonderful that Micky’s incredible contribution to cricket is being marked in this way. We are very grateful for his support of the Alleyn’s Academy and its ambitious and amazing outreach work, of which we are all very proud”.
The limited-edition mugs will be available from the club shop during the Yorkshire game, or available online by clicking this link.
The Kia Oval is being renamed to celebrate the 90th birthday of Club legend Micky Stewart OBE, who reached the personal milestone today (Friday September 16th).
Micky first saw inside The Oval during World War Two, joined as a member in 1947 and in the 75-year period since he has served the County as a player, captain, Cricket Manager and as Club President.
Alleyn’s is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools, based in Dulwich, London. Founded in 1619 by philanthropist and contemporary of Shakespeare, Edward Alleyn, it is the place where 400 years of heritage meets the exciting energy of south-east London. The School is known for being dynamic, enterprising, and full of fun.