Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick and England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler were recently guests of honour at a special fundraising event at Lord’s in aid of the King’s College Community Sports Hub Appeal.
The event was held by the Taunton school in the J. P. Morgan Media Centre at the home of cricket shortly before Jos set off with England for their tour of Sri Lanka.
The evening started with a welcome speech from Roger Knight, Chairman of Governors, who gave an insight into the challenges of building the Media Centre during his tenure as Secretary and Chief Executive of the MCC. As the world’s only single-shell aluminium building, this futuristic pod was an extraordinary feat of engineering, achieved through the precision of shipbuilders amid spiralling costs and challenges. It opened to international acclaim and won the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture in 1999.
Guests were able to explore the building, normally a preserve of journalists and commentators on match days, and with a unique view of the ground.
Lord’s served an excellent dinner and Guy Lavender, CEO of Somerset County Cricket Club, and King’s parent, conducted a Q&A session with both Jos and Marcus, giving the opportunity for guests to throw their questions into the session.
Subjects discussed included Somerset’s performance, England’s future success and personal questions for both players about their performances and future careers. This session was entertaining, with lots of cricket banter, and provided unique perspectives from a rising star and a respected established player.
The evening ended with an auction of unique items in support of the King’s Community Sports Hub Appeal, led by Lord Jeffrey Archer. Jos Buttler donated his debut Test shirt, signed by the England team, and an ICC Champions Trophy shirt with a personalised message. These items raised £2,100. In total, the auction raised a fantastic £9,000.
The school would like to extend their thanks to parents, Old Aluredians (former pupils) and Friends of King’s who donated the auction items, and to the guests who supported the appeal.
King’s College Sport Hub Appeal
The appeal will help support the building of a new community Sports Hub at King’s College, the first phase of a three-stage sports development at the school.
The Hub will provide four indoor cricket lanes and a multisport surface that will be used for futsal, netball, basketball, and a number of other sports. King’s is the regional MCC Cricket Hub and is at the forefront of the development of futsal in the area.
The Sports Hub is the first phase of King’s 2020 sporting vision, and the school aims for it to be built by spring 2015. Funding will come from National Lottery funding, from King’s College and from donations.
King’s will have first use of the Sports Hub for its own sporting needs, and will work closely with local clubs and schools to ensure wide access at other times.