The MCC Young Cricketers programme (YCs) demonstrates the Club's determination to foster new talent and maintain its reputation as the world's most active cricket-playing club.
After benefiting from expert coaching, intensive playing programmes and world-class facilities, many MCC Young Cricketers - both men and women - proceed to enjoy successful careers in county or international cricket. Notable 'graduates' of the MCC Young Cricketers programme include England's Ian Botham and Phil Tufnell, Australia's Mark Waugh and New Zealand's Ross Taylor.
The scheme also prides itself in assisting cricketers from outside the Test playing nations develop. Among recent graduates are Will Porterfield (Warwickshire and Ireland), Kevin O'Brien (Ireland) and Afghan pair Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi.
With one in three MCC Young Cricketers going on to sign professional terms with a first-class county, the current squad will be hoping to emulate some of the recent success stories.
MCC was the first cricketing organisation in the country to pay female cricketers as professionals. Since the first intake in 2003 MCC has helped to develop the game of some of the most promising women’s players in England at an unprecedented level.
In 2012, the MCC Women's Young Cricketers agreed a collaboration with ECB which closer aligned the organisations to help further the development of young women players.
Importantly, the MCC Young Cricketers programme also develops the non-sporting skills of its participants, to ensure that they have a number of alternative career options available to them. Working with the Professional Cricketers’ Association, expert advice is available to all Young Cricketers throughout their time on the staff, to help guide them on their career path.