Two destinations, one massive passion for cricket.
With many available options for a trip abroad with your cricket team, we’re taking the time to look at just two special places on opposite sides of the world, known for their cricketing talent.
Will you travel east for an immersive experience into Asian culture and sporting excellence in Sri Lanka? Or will you head west to play under the Caribbean sun at the Kensington Oval in Barbados?
Where will I play cricket?
Your team will be matched with a local school or cricket club based on level of ability and age group. Top-class venues will be chosen to guarantee enjoyable fixtures.
As well as playing competitive fixtures against local schools and clubs, your cricket team could also have the chance to step onto the pitch at Kensington Oval where many T20 matches have been held!
What’s the cricketing heritage there?
Cricket is Sri Lanka’s most popular sport, and the dedication from cricketing authorities has cemented its position on the international cricket map. Just missing out on a place in the semi-final for the 2019 ICC World Cup, Sri Lanka have proven their credibility as a world-class cricketing country.
The Kensington Oval was host to the Cricket World Cup in 2007, making it a noteworthy highlight in the sport’s history. Established in 1882, this venue is almost 140 years old and continues to be a significant contributor to cricketing culture in Barbados – there is also a statue of West Indies’ Sir Garfield Sobers, who is considered to be one of the world’s greatest cricketers.
What else is there for us to do?
When thinking of Sri Lanka, one of the associations that always come to mind is one of the world’s most beautiful animals – the elephant. Discover how volunteers are dedicating their time to improving the welfare of elephants, and get up close and personal with these gentle giants.
For those crazy about cricket, fully immerse yourself in the sport with a visit to the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum, or catch a game of local cricket at Beausejour Stadium. If you’re looking to experience some real Caribbean culture, head to Harbour Lights for an evening of entertainment and food!
What’s the local food like?
You’ll enjoy delicious evening meals in your hotel accommodation, but whilst in Sri Lanka make sure you take the time to visit the Cricket Club Café. Showing live cricket on TV and with a host of cricketing memorabilia adorning the walls, you can enjoy a selection of traditional Sri Lankan delights.
No trip to Barbados is complete without experiencing Oistins Fish Fry. Well-known for its famous Friday night festivities, Oistins is the place to be for fresh seafood cooked right in front of you, and a lively, party atmosphere complete with dancing and live music.
What have other sports teachers said about it?
“A very good all-round tour and very well organised in terms of before we departed and also when we were there. The hosts were welcoming and accommodating, and it was great seeing the standard of cricket in Sri Lanka.”
Mr Hannon, Avanti House School
“Rayburn Tours looked after us from start to finish. If we were to do the trip again I wouldn’t change a thing – it was absolutely amazing. A dream come true!”
Mr Hancock, St Joseph’s College (Stoke)