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Tonbridge T15 Refugee Tournament 2024

Friday 28th June 2024

Kent Cricket Community Trust held their second T15 tournament at Tonbridge School on 19 June as part of Refugee Week. The three teams playing were Kent Police, EKC Ashford College, and a UASC team supported by Kent County Council.

The tournament is part of the Trust’s First Change programme allowing refugees and asylum seekers, through cricket, a place that can feel familiar and that provides a feeling of safety and community.

Each team playing two matches, Kent Police won their first game against UASC despite a strong batting effort with an Afgan batter retiring after scoring 50 runs. EKC Ashford College ruled over Kent Police winning with 113 runs to 97. The final match between the two refugee teams was a close fought battle with only 3 runs in it. Tournament winners were EKC Ashford College, who won both of their matches.

The day was supported by the Kent Police Community Team who were there building bonds in the community and Charlton Athletic FC Community Trust who brought their Community Engagement Bus, which provided entertainment for players who weren’t on the field.

A special thanks goes to Christopher Morgan, Director of Sport at Tonbridge School, and the entire school community for providing us with their amazing facilities and lunch, making the whole day a huge success.

For more about the First Change Programme click here.