MCC Foundation

Transforming Lives Through Cricket

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.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1019171)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£45,000

Amount raised

£49,561

Donations

328

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

  • Training at the Hub has been amazing. I don’t think you could get an opportunity like this anywhere else. I thought I was the only girl who liked cricket, but at the Hub I got to meet more. The training has inspired me. I want to play for England and the coaches have really helped me.

    — Amelia, MCC Foundation Hub Participant

  • The MCC Foundation Hubs are dedicated to giving children the best possible chance to improve at cricket, whilst also instilling values and beliefs that can be transferred to everyday life. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work on this programme, and its success goes way beyond cricket.

    — Matty, MCC Foundation Hub coach

  • The Hub has made me a better cricketer and a better person in general. Thank you!

    — William, MCC Foundation Hub participant

Situation

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.

Solution

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.