Play Cricket in New Zealand
During the Northern Winter

Want to travel and play sport during your winter break?
Come to NZ and play for the St Albans Cricket Club in 2022/23!

If you're contemplating a gap year abroad and don't want to stop playing cricket once the British summer ends or you're just keen for a change of scenery for 6 months, then come join us at the mighty Saints in Christchurch. You'll further your game, make great mates and enjoy new cultural experiences (including a hot Christmas!).

Click the sections below to find out more about why you should join us in 2022/23:

  • High quality cricket in a competitive environment - our top three sides have won 26 titles in the last decade alone
  • Team coaching twice a week for the top men's sides with 1-on-1 sessions available upon request
  • Play for a leading club of over 180 men's and women's members with a vibrant social scene
  • Our season is the longest in the country - running from the first Saturday of October to the last Saturday of March for up to 25 games across 3 different formats (2-innings, 1-day, Twenty20)
  • Be based at an international cricket venue with our pavilion sited on the historic and picturesque Hagley Oval

The St Albans Cricket Club was formed in 1905 and 117 years later is still going strong as one of the few Christchurch clubs to remain intact without a merger.

We joined forces with the St Albans Women's Cricket Club in 1977 and have gone from strength-to-strength across both sections since.

We've won the overall symbol for Christchurch club supremacy - the Petersen Shield - a remarkable 19 times in the ensuing four decades.

The club has produced 14 men's and 25 women's international players and a further 104 Canterbury players across both genders.

Our home base is the 173-acre South Hagley Park, with 11 pitches for all ages and levels from juniors right up to Premier grade, with the pavilion sited on New Zealand's newest Test venue, Hagley Oval.

Located in the South Island of New Zealand, the country's second largest city is home to nearly 400,000 residents and growing.

The city suffered a devastating earthquake in February 2011 but has since bounced back and is largely rebuilt with a revitalised, modern inner city emerging as a result.

The city has a number of beaches within minutes of the CBD and yet the Southern Alps (ski fields and Lord of the Rings filming locations) are a mere couple of hours drive inland.

During summer the temperatures tend to hover between the mid-teens to mid-20s. The mercury hits the 30s a few times when a nor'wester rolls off the Canterbury Plains at the height of summer; and there's the occasional chilly evening, particularly at the beginning and end of cricket season.

The club doesn't provide airfares or accommodation for overseas amateur (non-professional) players, but we have dedicated liaisons with vast first-hand knowledge of the UK-to-NZ travel experience who can assist you with almost every aspect involved in coming over to spending a Kiwi cricketing summer with us. This includes the visa process, setting up a bank account and making connections with contacts associated with the club to help with securing accommodation and work opportunities.

A committee member can host you for the first month (if you wish), giving you time to settle in before finding your own place, potentially with team-mate(s) or fellow amateurs.

If you have a coaching certificate and are keen to work with juniors/in schools, other earning opportunities are available there too.

If our club sounds right up your alley and you're interested in experiencing a Southern Hemisphere summer, click the button below to find out more. We can send you a comprehensive prospectus that covers almost every detail imaginable. Our helpful club liaisons can also answer any questions you may have at any time along the way.