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.
In the UK
Since 2011 it has run a network of Hubs across the UK, providing free coaching and match-play to state-educated 11-15 year old boys and girls.
Only 1% of state-educated 11-18 year olds regularly play cricket. The Hubs aim to keep young people engaged in the game, improve their cricket ability, and boost their confidence both on and off the pitch.
In 2019 the Foundation funded 50 Hubs across the UK for 1,900 young cricketers:
- 96% of participants believe the Hub made them a better cricketer
- 73% of parents said their child’s overall personal confidence increased as a result of attending the Hub
- 87% of participants told us that attending the Hub increased their desire to keep playing cricket
- 19% went on to play representative cricket
In 2020, the Foundation will run 54 Hubs. It will open six new Hubs for boys and girls in Birmingham, Leicester, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, and three girls-only Hubs in Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria.
It will aim to increase the percentage of girls in the system from 16% in 2019 to 30% in 2020
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