The MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club, owners of Lord's Cricket Ground. We believe in the power of cricket to unite, inspire and empower. We are committed to opening up access to the game and its talent pathways so that all young people can reach their full potential.
Of the England Test squad who toured in March 2020, over 60% of players attended a private school for some or all of their academic lives. This is against a nationwide figure of 7%. BAME players are underrepresented in the talent pathways: for example, South Asian cricketers make up 30% of the recreational playing base but only 15% of county age-group players and 4% of professional cricketers. Only 15% of cricket clubs have a women's/girls' team, and only 6% of qualified coaches are female.
Our nationwide cricket Hubs programme aims to ensure all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential in the game, regardless of race, gender or economic circumstance. The programme is delivered free of charge to participants, and provides 10-weeks of high-quality coaching over winter and match play over summer. We are focused on providing opportunities for girls, refugees, BAME groups and state-educated cricketers, and facilitating their transition into formal pathways.