Young cricketers from Clifton College are about to depart on the trip of a lifetime as they embark on a charity tour of Sri Lanka.
Clifton College’s 1st XI will follow in the footsteps of test cricketers from around the world, as they play a number of school teams in Colombo, the home of Sri Lankan cricket.
The team will be raising money for the tsunami charity Foundation of Goodness, which helps to reconstruct rural communities affected by the 2004 Indian Tsunami. Alongside two games in Colombo, the team will then travel south of the island to play games in Hikkaduwa and Galle.
The group have currently raised £1000, which will help sponsor a range of sports in rural areas and at the Foundation of Goodness Sports Complex, including cricket, swimming, netball, volleyball, karate and badminton.
The boys will not just be playing cricket on the tour. While staying in Sri Lanka they will be staying in the tourist area of Bentota and have time off to enjoy some of the island’s big sights, such as excursions along the Madu river and whale watching.
Head coach Jim Williams and some of the team will be documenting their experiences on this blog and the cricket team’s Twitter account @CricketClifton, so fans back home can stay abreast of what is happening.
John Bobby, Head of Boys’ Games at Clifton College, said: “I have been really impressed with the attitude to training that the boys have shown this term and we will be well prepared for our first game in Sri Lanka on Friday 18th March.”