After three decades of its successful operation and the FOC becoming an icon on Sri Lankan expatriate calendar, nearly thirty OBAs of leading schools in Sri Lanka in the UK participated in the Cricket Festival in 2022 on 10th July at Hainault Recreation Ground, Hainault, Essex.

FOC is organised annually with the assistance and cooperation of volunteer committees of each OBA working together in perfect harmony to make the event an immense success. Here, the game of cricket being the main focus, raising of funds to help individual alma mater and also running a charity, particularly to help the Mahargama Cancer Hospital and lately the Cancer Research in the UK has been the main agenda.

The game of cricket bolsters a number of other activities held around the grounds during the festival to keep the captive audience/visitors entertained and occupied. These activities include music, children’s fun fare, a Sri Lankan bazaar, numerous food stalls, beer tent and trade stalls representing many Sri Lankan business it turns the event into a comprehensive open day for Sri Lanka.

The main attraction of the day, was the ‘knock out’ cricket competition between the participating teams, played simultaneously on eight cricket pitches. This year’s Champion was Royal College OBA while Nalanda OBA was plate Champion.

Sri Lankan musical evening with guest artists Sarith and Surith Jayawardena with Exceed provided an unforgettable musical experience








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