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.
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.