What is FOC?
Festival of Cricket was established in the year 1989, Consisting of Sri Lankan Old Boys Associations (OBA’s) in the United Kingdom.
This is the biggest annual gathering of the Sri Lankan community in the UK.
The association is made up of representatives of prominent and leading schools in Sri Lanka resident in UK. 28 school OBAs will once again participate in the Festival.
The Committee is elected annually and work entirely on a voluntary basis
to make the event a great success.
The main attraction of the day is a knock out cricket competition between the participating school OBAs, culminating in a final match late afternoon.
The cricket underpins a number of other activities held around the grounds to keep the captive audience/visitors entertained and occupied.
These activities include music, children’s fun fare, a Sri Lankan Bazaar,
excellent quality international hot food stalls, beer tent and trade stalls
(Airlines, Freight Companies, Insurance etc).
In addition, a hospitality marquee is also run to cater exclusively to those entrepreneurs who can entertain clients or friends on the day, watching some exiting cricket and relaxing by sampling the culture and the cuisine of Sri Lanka.
All proceeds are divided amongst the participating schools.
We also make a substantial donation to the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka.
Festival of Cricket, About us, http://www.festivalofcricket.org/about-us, 01.03.2016
When has the HCC OBA UK joined the FOC?
In 2000 the HCC OBA UK joined the Festival of Cricket – the biggest Sri Lankan event held in the UK.
Our first two representatives to the FOC were Neville Jayaweera and Jagath Santha Fernando.