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.
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.
We are delighted to be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020. Donations made through our Big Give campaign between 1st - 8th December can be doubled! Keep an eye out for the campaign launch, and get ready to transform lives this Christmas. You can learn more about the vital projects we are raising funds for by visiting our campaign page.
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Within the UK, our mission is to open up access to the talent pathways, so that every young cricketer has the opportunity to reach their full potential in the game, regardless of race, gender, or economic circumstance.
We run a network of cricket Hubs that provide free-to-access training and match play to 2,500 state-educated young cricketers at over 60 sites across the UK. The Hubs focus on talent: helping promising youngsters who have been engaged through mass participation activities or non-traditional formats to join cricket clubs, develop their hard-ball skills, and access the formal talent pathways.
The Hubs also have a transformational impact off the cricket pitch, helping participants to feel happier and more confident, and improving their focus and performance at school.
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Overseas, we are working to provide life-changing opportunities through cricket and to open up access to the game. We will harness the transformative power of cricket and the MCC brand to encourage personal development and positive social change, and to promote strong and cohesive communities.
Our current focus overseas is Nepal – a country with great passion for the game, but lacking investment and infrastructure.
In November 2019 we launched “Breaking Boundaries”, a project run in partnership with UK-based Nepali charity, Kidasha, and MCC’s Legacy Tours programme. The project aims to provide cricketing opportunities to boys and girls in Pokhara - Nepal's second largest city. The children we are working with are from some of the most disadvantaged slum communities in the city and lack access to sport and recreation; cricket gives them a rare opportunity to play and escape their daily struggles, whilst also improving physical and mental well-being.
To date we have provided kit to 15 state-schools in Pokhara, up-skilled 18 local teachers and coaches to deliver cricket, provided coaching to over 500 local boys and girls, and built 5 nets. Delivery paused in March following the closure of schools across Nepal in response to COVID-19. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will resume coaching in 15 schools across Pokhara, and launch a league competition between the schools.
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.
Our usual cricket programmes were suspended this year due to COVID-19, but we were determined to find ways to support our local community. Working closely with Westminster City Council and social enterprise, Unity Works, we helped fund a vital project to feed Westminster’s most vulnerable residents during the height of lockdown.
It was inspiring to see how generously our supporters responded to this campaign; over £81,000 was donated and this provided 27,000 meals to those most in need of our support.
Dr Sarah Fane OBE - Director
Sarah studied Medicine at Bristol University. As a medical student and doctor, she travelled extensively in Pakistan and Afghanistan supporting health for women and children during both the Soviet-Afghan War in the eighties and under the Taliban regime in 2001.
These visits and the people she met inspired her to set up a charity, Afghan Connection, in 2002. Over 18 years, the charity supported some 500,000 children with Health, Education and Cricket in Afghanistan, building and renovating 130 schools and training more than 1,000 teachers.
In partnership with MCC, alongside the meteoric rise of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team, Afghan Connection delivered cricket projects to more than 150,000 young people. It built 110 pitches in schools and disability centres and provided coaching to teachers and young people across the war-torn country.
As a result of her work to promote and nurture the cricketing scene in Afghanistan, Sarah was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in 2012. She received an OBE in 2013, in recognition for her work in Afghanistan.
Sammy Love - Operations Director
Sammy has been with the Foundation since January 2018. Her role includes data analysis, programme development, fundraising, and communications.
Prior to her role at the Foundation, Sammy read History at Christ's College Cambridge, taught English in Hong Kong, and worked for a boutique travel start-up in Prague.
She is passionate about opening up access to sport, and alongside her work at the Foundation volunteers with London's largest netball club to develop outreach programmes to support state-educated young netballers across the capital.
During her time with the Foundation, some of her favourite memories have included organising a successful world record attempt to play the longest indoor cricket marathon (31hr 27m of continuous play), and witnessing England's iconic World Cup victory in 2019.
Reece Bird - National Hub Manager
Reece Bird joined the MCC Foundation in August 2014 as the MCCF National Cricket Hub Manager. Reece brings a wealth of cricketing knowledge to the Foundation from his previous ten years' experience as County Cricket Development Manager for Yorkshire Cricket.
In his current role, he oversees the Hub programmes across the UK, ensuring high-quality coaching and effective programme management. Reece is an active ECB Tutor, ECB Level 3 Head coach & Pathways lead coach who has a passion to develop players and new coaches. He also sits on the MCC Youth sub-committee.
Suse Harrison - Finance Officer
Suse Harrison joined the MCC Foundation in April 2020. She spent the first nine years of her career at Lloyd’s of London, as an Assistant Underwriter specialising in US medical and legal malpractice reinsurance. She then took up an opportunity to race a yacht around the world in the BT Global Challenge. On her return in 1997 she helped set up the luxury ski chalet business Descent International, being fully responsible for the financial side of the business which grew to a turnover of £3m.
Following some time at home raising her children she returned to work in 2016, managing finance first at a biochemical firm and then at Afghan Connection, a charity which supported Education and Cricket in Afghanistan.
Phillip Hodson - Chairman
Phillip studied at Downing College, Cambridge and played cricket for the University. He has also played for Yorkshire CCC, and represented MCC in over 300 matches. Phillip was President of MCC in 2011/12 and is currently President of Scarborough CC. He was CEO of Oval Insurance Group from 2003 to 2012 and still has interests in the property and financial services sector.
Matthew Kirkby - Treasurer
Matthew studied at Pembroke College, Oxford where he captained the college cricket side. He is a qualified lawyer who spent most of the last 25 years in the banking industry predominantly in Asia. Matthew currently sits on a number of company boards. In the Not for Profit sector, he has been involved for the last ten years in programmes aimed at increasing access to Universities from applicants from lower socioeconomic and minority backgrounds.
Paul plays a pivotal role at ECB providing support to the cricket network. As a Trustee, Paul brings his knowledge of MCC Tours and ECB funding for Counties, Clubs, and Leagues, to help the Foundation invest in effective projects. He brought the idea and outline plans for MCC Foundation Hubs to the attention of the Director and Trustees, and was actively involved in the Pilot programme. As a player he captained his local club Cranleigh before moving on to captain and open the batting for Wimbledon. Higher cricketing honours include captaining the 1998 MCC A tour to East & Central Africa and managing the 2006 MCC tour to Argentina. He has also served as Area Representative for MCC London Suburban region and as Chairman of the Surrey Championship.
Varun Chandra is the global managing partner of Hakluyt, which advises leaders of the world’s largest companies and investment firms on the opportunities and risks facing their businesses.
Prior to joining Hakluyt, Varun read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College Oxford, trained at Lehman Brothers, and went on to help build a regulated advisory firm for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, where he was responsible for transactions typically involving sovereign wealth and emerging markets businesses. He has also co-founded a merchant bank with a private family investment company; advised a UK foreign secretary on business and economic issues; written for various political publications; and invested in a number of early-stage companies.
In addition to his work with the MCC Foundation, Varun sits on the board of Sesame Workshop, the world’s leading early learning media platform. He previously chaired the associate board of The Opportunity Network in New York, was a trustee of Afghan Connection, and completed a five-year term as a governor of an inner-city London primary school. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, sat on the steering committee of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders’ Circle, and was an inaugural fellow of the Forward Institute.
Tony studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge where he coxed for the university and captained the college cricket side. He is the current MCC Treasurer, having previously been treasurer of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Prior to his retirement in 2009, Tony was with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a tax partner for 21 years. He has been a member of MCC since 1972 and has held various positions in the charity sector over the last 30 years.
Rick studied at the University of London. Having played cricket for Surrey at most age groups, at university he was elected a playing member of MCC and toured with the Club to Cayman Islands and Belize. A serial tourist, he has organised and participated on numerous tours. He has been chairman of two cricket clubs and over the last four years has pioneered a community approach to cricket development at Cranleigh Cricket Club. His other passions include serving on the committee of the Arabs Cricket Club and the governing body of Cranleigh School.
Roger Knight OBE
Roger Knight studied at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, during which time he gained four cricket Blues. He played first-class cricket for fourteen years, whilst teaching modern languages during the winters, and went on to captain Surrey CCC for six years. After becoming a boarding housemaster at Cranleigh School, he was appointed as headmaster of Worksop College. In 1994 he became the thirteenth Secretary of MCC and the first Secretary & Chief Executive, when the job title changed. After retiring in 2006, he became Chairman of the European Cricket Council, Chairman of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials, President of Cambridge University CC and Chairman of Governors of King's College, Taunton. Roger also served as the President of MCC in 2016.
Dr Samir Pathak
Samir was educated at Hymers College in Hull. He subsequently attended Liverpool Medical School and graduated as a Doctor in 2006. Samir is in his final year of training now as a liver and pancreatic surgeon and also works as an academic clinical lecturer at the University of Bristol.
Samir has captained his University, played for England Universities as a keeper-batsman and is a playing member of the MCC.
David studied at St John’s College, Cambridge. He twice represented the University as wicket keeper/batsman and also played for Northamptonshire 2nd X1. He has served on the MCC Membership & General Purposes Committee and the Main Committee. He has been Chairman of Hampstead Cricket Club. David is retired solicitor, having been a partner in a City firm for 30 years. After that, for 11 years he was involved extensively in the philanthropic and educational sectors at the Merchant Taylors’ Company. He was a Governor of Radley College for 21 years and served on the Committee of the Governing Bodies Association. He is a Trustee of the Norland (College) Foundation.
Daniel Peltz OBE
Daniel Peltz is CEO of London Freeholds Ltd following a career in property and asset management with both GUS and British Land. He is an Honorary Fellow of both King's College and Birkbeck College. He sits on the King's Campaign Board and is the co-lead on the King's Mental Health Initiative. He also sits on the Estates Committees of both King's and Birkbeck Colleges. He is Chairman of Technion UK and is a Trustee and Treasurer of The Anna Freud Centre. He is also a Trustee of Warburg Institute's Charitable Trust, The National Gallery Trust Foundation, The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, The Institute of Jewish Studies at UCL and The City of London School Bursary Trust. He is currently a panellist on the Education Panel of The Wolfson Foundation, and sits on the Estates and Arts & Library Committees of the MCC. In 2015, he was awarded the OBE for Philanthropic and Charitable services.
The MCC Foundation is proud to be supported by:
Mike Atherton OBE
Claire Taylor MBE
Mike Brearley OBE
Mike Gatting OBE
We are most grateful to all the companies, trusts and individuals listed below (and those who wish to remain anonymous) who currently support us, and to those who have given generously in the past.
Without them, we could not use cricket to transform and improve people’s lives.
Alan and Irene Halsall
Eric M Young and Family
Felix Byam Shaw Foundation
Geoffrey de Jager
Glamorgan Followers Club
I.R.K. Maclaren Settlements
In Memory of Gerald and Pamela Williams
In Memory of Michael Melluish
Jan Wulf van Alkemade
Peter Stormonth Darling
Reigate Priory C.C.
Rick and Melissa Johnson
The Cricket Society Trust
The Derek Raphael Charitable Trust
The Dowley Charitable Trust
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Holbeck Trust
The John Swire Charitable Trust
The Loveday Charitable Trust
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the following schools and venues who support the Hubs programme by offering us free, or significantly discounted, facility hire:
Aldridge Cricket Academy
Bradford Grammar School
The Cotswold School
Magdalene College School
Mount Kelly Boarding and Day School
Nottingham High School
St Dunstan’s College
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