10 Jun 2016

Friday 10 June 2016

The Cricket Programme at King's College and the Peter Barton Cricket Scholarship Fund has received a welcome funding boost thanks to a special fundraiser event held at Auckland's Eden Park this week. 

With sports presenter and King's College parent Hamish McKay as MC for the evening, guests enjoyed some light-hearted banter from a line-up of cricket legends, including Old Collegian Tim Southee, as well as Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori.

Silent and live actions also took place throughout the evening, as well as a special performamce by Old Collegian and singer-songwriter Jamie McDell. 

The Peter Barton Cricket Scholarship Fund was set up in 2014 to help an all-rounder with exceptional cricket skills to attend King's College. 

Old Collegian Hamish Barton says this scholarship is acknowledgement of the work his father, Peter Barton, did at the College. 

"My father was Head Coach of King's First XI Cricket team for 17 of his 20 years with the College, so it's great to recognise this through the scholarship," says Barton.

"Most importantly, this scholarhsip will create more opportunities for an aspiring student to be able to benefit more fully from the important all-round education that King's offers."

The event also saw the launch of the Century Club, a network established to help support the Cricket Programme at King's College.

Head of Sport at King's College, Jim Potts says this event and the launch of the Century Club, is really key in helping grow the resources available to the College's cricket teams.

"It will ensure our cricketers can continue the King's College tradition of success in the school and national cricket arena," says Potts.

The College extends its special thanks to premier sports sponsor and gold sponsor, Auckland City BMW, and also to all other sponsors of the event. 

For more information on King's College's Supporters' Programme, please click here

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The King's College Kapa Haka team put on a fiery performance at the Cricket Legends Dinner.