Wednesday 24 .7 at 6pm: Cricket in Finland by Jonathan Hadley

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to “Cricket in Finland” by Jonathan Hadley on Wednesday 24.7 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

The last decade or so has seen significant growth of cricket in Finland. From its origins in the 1960s as informal games played mainly between two or three embassies Finland now boasts a formal governing body, a national team with a national ground and youth team competing
internationally, about 300 registered players among 17 or so local clubs across the country and a full, all year round programme of summer and winter leagues, tournaments and training. From the simple perspective of its growth alongside migration to Finland over the last decade or so, Jonathan Hadley will use slides and video-clips of his own club, Empire CC, to talk about the development of cricket in Finland both as a sport and as a facilitator of social and cultural integration.

The website for the Finnish Cricket Association:

Please join in funding the pavilion at the KNCG and help make the ground a true centre for Finnish cricket, every donation will be a massive boost. (More below)

You are all most welcome.

Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Speaker: Jonathan Hadley is a playing member and current chairman of Empire Cricket Club based in Helsinki. A former UK police officer, Jonathan moved to Helsinki in 2002 to complete PhD studies in Sociology at Helsinki University. He currently works as a researcher and lives in Aurinkolahti with his Finnish wife and two young children. This year Empire Cricket Club celebrate their 10th anniversary as a
registered club. Jonathan joined the club in February 2006 with no previous cricket experience or interest. He hopes you’ll find the story of
its development in Finland as curious as he does.

Dear friends of cricket,

The Kerava National Cricket Ground (KNCG) project is entering its next and most critical phase, the building of a pavilion during the summer of 2013. With the completion of the pavilion, the KNCG will finally become what has always been intended: the centre of Finnishcricket and a cricket ground fit for international games.

The pavilion will mainly be funded by grants from the ICC and Finnish authorities. However, aswas communicated at our recent AGM, these generous grants do not cover all the costs ofbuilding the pavilion. The Finnish Cricket Association has decided to turn to the friends ofFinnish cricket and give them the possibility to help support the pavilion to become the sporting facility and social centre Finnish cricket so badly needs.

Donations can be made by private individuals, as well as companies and societies. There is no lower or upper limit to the value of donations, but exceeding the following donations will bring the donor recognition in the new pavilion.

100 euros = A plaque on one of the chairs in the pavilion

250 euros = Name of the donor on the honours board in the pavilion on a plaque.

Larger corporate donations or sponsorship from friends of cricket will be recognised in a manner that can be negotiated with the donor. For example, we have already sold advertising boards to companies for the Kerava boundary fence for 500 euros per year per advert (95cm x 200cm in size). Written agreements will be made for such corporate sponsorship.

Please join us in funding the pavilion at the KNCG and help make the ground a true centre for Finnish cricket, every donation will be a massive boost.

On behalf of the Finnish Cricket Association,

Andrew Armitage, Chairman