Cricket legends swap bat for a club at this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship

Cricketing stars Steve Harmison MBE, Graeme Swann, Mark Ramprakash MBE, James Taylor and Mike Gatting OBE are among the celebrity names confirmed for this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.

The annual golf championship takes place from 6-9 August at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire and sees professionals, amateurs and celebrities come together in four days of golfing action.

Steve Harmison MBE

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Steve Harmison MBE is best known for being a member of England’s 2005 Ashes-winning team. Representing his country on over 100 occasions the bowler also spent a successful 17 years playing for Durham.

Most recently found impressing on Strictly Come Dancing, Graeme Swann is a former England international cricketer who represented his country 178 times in all formats of the game. A former ECB Cricketer of the Year, Graeme also played for Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire at county level.

Mark Ramprakash MBE is another ex-England cricketer who is familiar with the Strictly Come Dancing stage, having won the show in 2006. A prolific batsman, Mark played for England for more than a decade as well as playing for Middlesex and Surrey in a professional career that spanned 25 years.

Former England, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor’s promising career was sadly cut short in 2016 after he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Despite this setback, he has carved out a successful career as a cricket commentator and was appointed an England team selector last year. James is no stranger to the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship having taken part in the event several times over the years.

Mike Gatting OBE is a former England captain who appeared 171 times for his country over the course of 17 years. In 1984 Mike was named ‘Wisden Cricketer of the Year’ and since retiring has held senior roles with former teams Middlesex and Marylebone Cricket Club.

Mark Ramprakash MBE

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These cricket heroes will be joined at the event by a whole host of famous faces. Celebrities who have played at the event in the past include Sir Alex Ferguson, Nigel Mansell CBE, Brian McFadden, Keith Duffy, Len Goodman, Peter Schmeichel, Mike Tindall MBE, Robbie Fowler, Naga Munchetty, Dwight Yorke, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Hughes and Jenni Falconer.

Some of the professionals who have taken part in the event in recent years include event host Tony Jacklin CBE, Ian Woosnam OBE Tommy Fleetwood, Eddie Pepperell, Charley Hull, Danny Willett, Dame Laura Davies, Michael Campbell, Jamie Donaldson and Aaron Rai.

Graeme Swann

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Ian Woosnam OBE

Tim Munton, Director of Sport at Champions (UK) plc who are organising the event said: “As a former cricketer myself I’m thrilled to welcome these five stars to the 2019 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. 2019 is a big year for the world of cricket and we are delighted to have some of the sport’s biggest names join us at the BP3. I cannot wait to see them in action during the week.”

Highlights of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will be broadcast on Sky Sports.

The event raises money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The hospice, based in Loughborough, raises vital funds for children who are suffering from life-limiting and life-life threatening conditions.

Around 10,000 spectators regularly attend the event over the four days and FREE tickets are already available – simply visit to get yours.

As well as this, a number of playing and sponsorship opportunities are available for the event. For more information contact Benny Lawrence at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email