Connor and Henry from New Zealand's Willows Cricket Club

How’s that! This year’s Kiwi cricketers are enjoying their time at Matfen Hall

For the past 16 years, we have been delighted to welcome young New Zealand cricketers to work at Matfen Hall thanks to our relationship with the Willow Cricket Club in Christchurch.

During the UK cricket season, the teenagers come to work with us, while also playing cricket for Matfen Cricket Club.

This year, we have had Henry and Connor living and working at Matfen – they’ve both been working at the Golf Club while enjoying a summer in Northumberland.

Name: Henry Sail, 18, from Rangiora in New Zealand

Is this your first time in the UK?
No, I visited the UK six years ago.

What were your first impressions of Northumberland and Matfen Hall?
I thought there were lots of old fashioned buildings.

What is your role at the hotel?
Driving range assistant at the Golf Club.

What made you want to come and spend time working at Matfen Hall?
I came on a cricket scholarship with the Willows Cricket Club in New Zealand.

How did you get the opportunity to come and work in the UK?
We have the chance to complete an internship in our school.

What have been your favourite things about living and working in Northumberland?
I really enjoy meeting new people.

What are you hoping to get out of your time at Matfen Hall?
Lots of new life experiences and new friends.

What are your ambitions for the future?
Would like to go home and enjoy the New Zealand summer and then I might come back to the UK.

 

Name: Connor O’Leary, 19 from Wanganui in New Zealand

Is this your first time in the UK?
Yes, it’s my first visit.

What were your first impressions of Northumberland and Matfen Hall?
I think it’s old fashioned and a bit different.

What is your role at the Hotel?
Greenkeeper’s Assistant at Maften Golf Club.

What made you want to come and spend time working at Matfen Hall?
I was in the UK for dairy farming and came across the opportunity through Willows Cricket Club and applied.

What have been your favourite things about living and working in Northumberland?
Great work colleagues.

What are you hoping to get out of your time at Matfen Hall?
Lots of new life experiences and new friends.

What are your ambitions for the future?
To go home and run the family dairy farm.