KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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MCC has committed £8.64million to youth cricket since 2007, of which £1.44 million will be spent in 2012.
The Club, either directly or through its Foundation, disperses funds into schemes such as the MCC Young Cricketers and MCC Universities.
As well as playing around 450 matches throughout the UK during the summer, MCC also commits funds to send touring teams to countries around the world, assisting them with coaching and equipment.
MCC Young Cricketers
MCC has long assisted in the development of players including the likes of Ian Botham, Mark Waugh and Dennis Compton.
While they were once part of the groundstaff, today the YCs spend the summer as full time professional cricketers based at Lord’s and playing in the Second XI Championship.
Under the guiding hand of Head Coach Mark Alleyne, players from all around the world hone their skills at the Home of Cricket before moving into first-class and international cricket.
Recent graduates include international captains Darren Sammy and Ross Taylor, Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien and England prospect Alex Hales.
Since 2005 MCC has funded and administered the six university cricket academy’s in the country, incorporating 13 institutions and based at Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds/Bradford, Cardiff, Durham and Loughborough.
MCC believes talented cricketers should not have to make a choice between their cricket and their education and the MCCU system offers them both.
Players have the chance to develop personally and gain a qualification before either moving into the professional game or into a career.
MCCU graduates include England skipper Andrew Strauss and internationals Monty Panesar, Jamie Dalrymple and James Foster.
MCC embarks on four men’s tours every year, as well as biannual women’s tours.
MCC works closely with ICC to choose tour destinations which help to maximise the tours' effectiveness in increasing cricket's international appeal and assisting national teams' move towards one-day international or even Test status.
While there, players engage in coaching activities with young cricketers, as well as teaching them the values of the Spirit of Cricket.
MCC Spirit of Cricket & other work
MCC Spirit of Cricket activities include coaching camps for boys and girls throughout the UK during the summer holidays.
The Club also works extensively with the Cricket Foundation charity, whose Chance to Shine initiative aims to bring cricket to 2million state school children by 2015.
The Club also donates £100,000 to its Foundation.
Breakdown of youth cricket spending in 2012
Spirit of Cricket activities