Welcome to the Official King’s College London University Cricket Club.
The King’s College London Cricket Club (KCLCC) is one of London’s original and elite University Cricket teams and offers KCL students the opportunity to proudly represent the KCL colours and name on the cricket field.
KCLCC is a club steeped with success since its conception in the early 19th century by the founder of the University, Arthur Wellesley. Fast forward to the 21st century and that success is still here; we are reigning Varsity Champions, playing and beating rivals UCL consecutively from 2018 through to 2020, Indoor Nationals Finalists in 2018, and lifted the Macadam Cup recently in 2017. Our reputation of excellence is illustrated through the calibre of players at the club, catering to former International and County age group players in our current squad. KCLCC is known for producing some of the best University cricketers in London, who go on to play for the very prestigious and selective University of London CC (a team made up of the best cricketers at University of London member institutions) and the MCC, including the current University of London CC Captain and Vice-Captain.
We are a club that prides itself on the quality of our players but also the inclusivity of them too. We warmly welcome seasoned pros and complete beginners to the club with open arms and love adding new members to our growing family. We are a family that consists of freshers to final year PhD students, officially catering to all courses and backgrounds, from medics and dentists to linguists and economists from all around the world!
Cricket at KCLCC
In the 2020/21 Academic Year we will be putting out 3 Competitive Outdoor XIs, 2 Indoor teams and a friendly Sunday XI to allow all KCLCC members the opportunity to play cricket during their time at University! Joining KCLCC gives students the rare opportunity to train at both the world-renowned Oval and Lord's, making us the only University side in London to train there twice a week, every week, all year round! As well as that, we have a superb coaching team that will help all KCLCC members take their game to the next level and access to a Strength & Conditioning Coach to keep us fit through the winter season.
Additionally, in preparation for the cricket season, to complement our weekly training at the Oval and Lord's, we partake in both BUCS and Surrey Indoor leagues. This gives a chance for players to participate in indoor matches at a very competitive level and gain valuable game experience before beginning our outdoor season. Just before the summer season starts, we also go on a pre-season playing tour. This year, we are looking to tour to South Africa, to train and play with and against academy sides there (this will be confirmed in line with travel guidance).
In the summer season, we participate in the BUCS and LUSL leagues. BUCS is a 50 over format league which entails competition between local universities in the United Kingdom while LUSL is an inter-London University T20 cricket competition. Our summer season also features a series of marquee fixtures, such as our Varsity against UCL and Finals Day (with LSE, Imperial, and UCL) just to name a few. Additionally, KCLCC will participate in a variety of interclub and friendly matches against London clubs to allow everyone to gain crucial match experience and improve their own games.
Moving on from sport, we have a committed and legendary social scene which allows our members to bond and gel outside of training and matches, forming life long friendships and strengthing our family spirit at the club. We hold weekly socials as a club, which may include and is not limited to, Paintballing, Go-Karting, Bowling, Golf Driving Range, Pub Crawls and Dinners! Being part of this sports club means that we also get access to the infamous KCL Sports Nights at the Vault and Guy’s Bar, staples of the KCL university experience. We also indulge in thematic socials, such as during Halloween, and schedule several joint socials with other clubs around KCL such as the Ladies' hockey, cricket, and cheerleading teams. KCLCC also offers an annual social foreign tour. Our social tours have seen us travel to varied destinations such as Budapest, Barcelona and Lisbon. Typically taking the course of one weekend, the tours allow our club to sample alternative cultures as well as offering a unique opportunity to bond.
At KCLCC, we have forged partnerships with several different organisations to keep KCLCC members active in the wider community and to also enjoy their university experience more.
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