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Case Study: Cricket tour in Sri Lanka

Date Posted: 26/11/2014

School: Edge Grove School, Aldenham, Hertfordshire
KS: 3

Children develop hugely during an overseas trip which is accelerated by external influences and exposure to new cultures, challenges and unfamiliar surroundings. We take a look at one schools’ trip to Sri Lanka.

But it is often these radical life experiences that push children right out of their comfort zones helping to nurture independence and boost self-confidence as they learn to adapt and appreciate how different communities live, develop and grow. 

This was proven when pupils from Edge Grove School went on a cricket tour to Sri Lanka. Overseas trips are an important source of learning for pupils from the day and boarding school, which looks to encourage and foster talent in all areas, including sport.

A group of Year 7 and Year 8 boys embarked on an adventure across the Indian Ocean on a school cricket tour organised by specialist tour operator Edwin Doran Sports Tours.

Accompanied by headmaster Ben Evans and three other members of staff, they were able to experience both the warm climate and hospitality of the Sri Lankan locals over a ten-day road trip a variety of destinations.

Ben said: “I’ve been quite humbled by the increased levels of maturity that travelling abroad brings out in young children; it is quite astonishing. It also broadens their horizons as the expectation to behave responsibly and confidently is somehow magnified the minute they cross the UK borders.

"What is remarkable is their natural thirst for discovery and adventure, their ability to adapt and communicate with different nationalities with ease and also to inspire others around them.”

Upon arrival, the pupils spent some time relaxing by the pool before competing in two very tough games over two days in Colombo. Their experiences included taking in the scenery over the beaches and enjoying milk from fresh coconuts as the sun set over the ocean.

The squad also played a game at the Colombo Colts cricket ground for a fixture against the British School of Colombo – where Ben used to be headmaster.

Further games were played in Kandy against Dharmaraja College and the Black Eagles Cricket Club, before travelling to the Temple of the Tooth - where it is said that the tooth of the first Buddha is kept - and then Bentota, where the highlight was visiting an elephant orphanage. The pupils were able to walk with the elephants, feed them and watch them bathe. 

The final game of the tour was at the Surrey Cricket Ground against Devapatairasa School where Edge Grove battled valiantly and finished the overs with a score of 123 for 9. Since returning home the pupils have since raised enough money through homemade cake sales, to pay for a wicket to be built at Mirriswatte School, an underprivileged school in Sri Lanka, and donated items of sports equipment and stationery.

Ben concluded: “It’s worth remembering that skills like these can also be harnessed and translated into everyday learning at school. A good teacher can ensure that these skills are retained by the children by encouraging their use in practice.

"Providing our pupils with the opportunity to travel overseas for educational trips is something that Edge Grove fully supports and this really was a trip of a lifetime.

"I’m immensely proud of the great sporting effort shown by our boys, the valuable skills gained in self-confidence and independence and also the way they immersed themselves in a totally unfamiliar culture, travelling around a developing and fascinating country and making memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.”

For more information contact Edwin Doran Sports Tours:

020-3617 7983


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