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Founded in 1993, the MCC Foundation is the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club and aims to transform lives through cricket.

Transforming Lives Through Cricket

We deliver projects across the UK and around the world that use cricket to empower young people to reach their full potential, to unite and inspire communities, and to promote physical and mental well-being.

 

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AWARD WINNERS!

On Thursday 12 May, MCC and MCC Foundation were crowned winners of the Tessa Jowell Community Award at the 2022 Sport Industry Awards.

 

The Sport Industry Awards are one of the biggest nights in the industry, celebrating the outstanding achievements of organisations throughout the sector over the previous year. It was an honour to be recognised at such a prestigious event, and amongst so many other inspiring projects. A huge congratulations to all involved.

MCCF's Izzy Gurney and MCC's Lauren Best accepting the 2022 Tessa Jowell Community Award

 

Following the Afghan refugee crisis in August 2021, MCC and MCC Foundation launched a project offering support, joy and hope to families and individuals who had found themselves in the most desperate situations. It was a heart-warming and humbling experience for all involved. Each week participants received coaching and match play in the Indoor Cricket Centre, with nets divided for men and women. Young Afghan coaches who are graduates from the Refugee Cricket Project came to coach their fellow Afghans. The Notre Dame Refugee Centre provided English lessons. Yoga sessions were available for the women. MCCF’s Community team provided creche facilities, and MCC’s catering team prepared fresh Afghan cuisine.

The project was an eye-opening experience for all that were fortunate enough to work closely week-on-week with the refugees, who arrived from Afghanistan feeling uprooted after being forced to flee their country and everything they know. It was deeply rewarding to see happy faces, to hear laughter and to witness some very skilful cricket.

National Hub Competition 2022

Following the success of last year's inaugural National Hub Competition, we are thrilled to announce this year's tournament is underway, with 50 Boys' Hubs and 20 Girls' Hubs taking part.

 

Latest Match Results

 

In 2021 MCCF launched an exciting nationwide competition for its talented U15 Hub players.

All Hubs were invited to compete in a series of knockout matches in inspiring venues across the regions. The four finalists, consisting of two Girls' teams from the Foundation's Bradford and Cotswold Hubs, and two Boys' teams from Manchester and Slough, earned themselves the unforgettable opportunity to play in the Grand Finals on the Main Ground at Lord’s. It was the first time in history that an U18 Girls XI had played hard ball cricket on the Main Ground, and the first time that U18 Girls had played cricket of any format on the square.

The 2022 Girls and Boys Finals will each be held on the Main Ground at Lord's on 30 July.

MCCF travels to Lebanon with MCC

Watch our inspiring short film from Lebanon

 

The MCC Foundation has recently returned from an inspiring week-long visit to Alsama Project in Lebanon, where MCCF’s Director, Dr Sarah Fane, was delighted to be joined by MCC’s President, Clare Connor and Mehmooda Duke, both Trustees of the Foundation, and MCC’s Chief Executive, Guy Lavender. They visited cricket Hubs supported by MCCF for 160 boys and girls in Shatila, Bourj el-Barajneh and Bekaa Valley encampments.

These camps are home to thousands of refugees who are recognised by no country. They live in extremely cramped and challenging conditions and, unable to work, have few opportunities for the future. Alsama Project brings hope into these “forgotten” communities, providing education to more than 500 children and an environment in which they can thrive and learn, with maths, Arabic and English being offered as core subjects and the most popular extra-curricular activity on offer being cricket! Students receive 6-9 hours of cricket coaching a week and regular match play.

Guy Lavender commented: "The lasting memory for me will be the children themselves, who clearly thrive on the opportunity to play sport and learn – they were some of the most inspirational young people I have ever met. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend why MCCF would invest in projects so far from home, but having visited Alsama the rationale is abundantly clear; we can make a difference to the lives of young people through cricket in a hugely impactful way. It made me very proud to see the Foundation’s support and work."

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