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MCC Foundation

Founded in 1993, the MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club and was created with the aim of enhancing lives through cricket.

Enhancing Lives Through Cricket

The MCC Foundation was founded in 1993 as the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of Lord’s Ground and guardians of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket.

Our Impact

Impact Report

In the UK

Since 2011, our flagship programme has been the development of a network of fifty-five cricket Hubs across the UK, which provide free, high-quality coaching and match play to state-educated young cricketers aged 11-15.

The Hubs remove financial barriers to participation and empower young cricketers to reach their full potential.

Testimony from parents and participants has revealed that the positive impact of the Hubs extends beyond the cricket pitch; the Hub environment is one that boosts confidence and self-esteem, teaches respect and teamwork, and fosters a good work ethic.

The 2019/20 season engaged 2,400 young cricketers at 55 sites across the UK.

95% of participants believe the Hub made them a better cricketer
81% of parents said their child’s overall personal confidence increased as a result of attending the Hub
49% of parents noticed improvements in their child's general motivation and school work, which they attribute to the training they received at the Hub

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Overseas

MCC has a strong track record of making a positive difference abroad, in particular through its support of Afghan Connection and the Foundation for Goodness in post-tsunami Sri Lanka. In July 2019, the Club announced it would undertake a series of “Legacy Tours” to Nepal – sending teams for three consecutive years to help develop cricket in a country which now has ODI and International T20 status.

In order to maximise the impact of MCC’s work, the MCC Foundation are funding programmes off the pitch which includes laying nets in five government schools, upskilling local coaches and teachers, providing kit and cricket training, and establishing a new schools league for both girls and boys in the city.

MCC Legacy Tour in Nepal

In the first year of this three-year programme, the Foundation will be funding a £56k project in Pokhara, between November 2019 and June 2020. It will be delivered by Kidasha, a UK charity which undertakes work purely in Nepal, and runs life skills lessons around building confidence and resilience in Pokhara schools.

The Project encompasses:

- The laying of nets in five schools (Cricket Resource Schools)
- MCC and MCC Foundation coaches travelling to Nepal in December 2019 and February 2020 to upskill five local coaches and 15 local teachers
- The provision of kit for pupils in the fifteen schools
- Cricket coaching at the five CRSs, six days a week
- The establishment of a new schools league, with both boys’ and girls’ teams

Whilst the MCC Foundation aims to uncover and nurture cricketing talent from a grassroots level, the Foundation also hopes to bring about broader socio-economic benefits by introducing cricket in schools e.g. around improving perceptions of gender, increasing confidence, and encouraging attendance.

In Westminster

Lord’s is the only major sports venue in Westminster – a borough of London which houses both great wealth and extreme deprivation. Church Street ward, just down the road from Lord’s, is within the 10% most deprived wards in the UK, with a third of children needing free school meals.

The Foundation works closely with MCC’s Community Development Department to identify and fund projects that will enhance the lives of those living in the communities local to Lord’s.

Last summer we launched a cricket league for state-secondary schools: the MCC Foundation Westminster League. Over one hundred young people took part. It was the first free-to-access competitive cricket league in the borough, and so for most participants it was their first experience of playing competitive cricket.

As a result of playing in the league, several participants went on to join an MCC Foundation Hub, and are now playing cricket regularly.

77% of participants said that taking part in the League increased their confidence to play competitive sport
89% of teachers found that the League encouraged their students to treat each other with more respect

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MCC Foundation
Lord's Ground
St John's Wood Road
London
NW8 8QN

Phone

020 7616 8529 

VAT number

319 1677 87

Charity Number

1019171