Kent Cricket Community Trust (KCCT), in partnership with Kent Cricket, ran its first Community Day at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on the 17th of August 2023 as a part of the Kent Spitfires vs Notts Outlaws One-Day Cup match at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence Canterbury.
A number of activities ran through-out the day, which included:-
- Meet and greet with the Kent Cricket Community Trust Captains as well as Ben Roddy, local actor and infamous Canterbury pantomime dame and Phil Gallagher, who is known for being CBeebies’ Mister Maker’
- Free guided tour of The Spitfire Ground, covering some of the history of Kent Cricket
- Local community stands, including the NHS community well-being team, Kent Fire and Rescue service and Kent Police, who had loads of great advice and information
- Fully inclusive cricket batting and bowling workshops
- Face painting and cricket based arts and craft activities designed by Mister Maker
KCCT invited a number of groups and organisations to attend the event. For most this was their first contact with cricket and the feedback was great:
“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for yesterday’s Community Day. My kids absolutely loved the cricket, were engrossed by the tense ending and enjoyed some of the activities such as the cricket and the face-painting”.
“Our family are relatively new to the sport having started to show an interest in the game via school. They definitely got something out of the day and we are off to play cricket now in the park.”
“Thank you once again for a lovely day. You’ve definitely reached out to part of the community that hasn’t engaged in cricket fully.”