Fun, friendship & fraternity.

IT'S The GOLDEN OLDIES WAY

 

The Golden Oldies movement had its origins in New Zealand when a rugby administrator named Tom Johnson sought a way to keep people involved in his game, at a time when life was starting to get busier and busier.

Johnson, a New Zealand Rugby Football Union councillor, had seen the interest in past representative players getting together and having fun in semi-social games around New Zealand. In 1977 he organised some games as 20-minute curtain-raisers before matches played by the touring British and Irish Lions rugby side around New Zealand.

The interest in those games made him realise that there was potential for such a concept, none more than in Auckland where the local administrators didn’t want to host a game. So he took it to a suburban ground where 5000 people turned up to watch a game between the New Zealand Barbarians and a team of former British international players.

It was all about having fun, while also latching onto the desire of people over the age of 35, with no upper end age restriction, tying in their sport with international travel. The notion of ‘Fun, Friendship and Fraternity’ was central to the whole concept and the first rugby Festival was staged in Auckland in 1979. And it has stayed that way ever since.


Cricket joins the club 5 years later.

Along the way the Golden Oldies concept drew the attention of other sporting codes. And in 1984 cricket became the third sport to join the Golden Oldies family. This Harrogate 2020 event will be the 19th Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival and the second to be held in Harrogate.

 

 

The places
we've been.

1984   Auckland, New Zealand
1986   Brighton, England
1988   Brisbane, Australia
1990   Vancouver, Canada
1992   Christchurch, New Zealand
1994   Birmingham, England
1996   Sydney, Australia
1998   Cape Town, South Africa
2000   Rotorua, New Zealand
2002   Vancouver, Canada

2004   Sunshine Coast, Australia
2006   Sri Lanka
2008   Queenstown, New Zealand
2010   Harrogate, England
2012   Adelaide, Australia
2015   Cape Town, South Africa
2017   Barbados, West Indies
2018   Christchurch, New Zealand
2020   Harrogate, England

 


GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD CRICKET FESTIVAL
BARBADOS 2017


GOLDEN OLDIES WORLD CRICKET FESTIVAL
CAPE TOWN 2015

 

 

"The friendship at these events is second to none."

 

 
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