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.

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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 55 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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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 off Lisson Grove, is within the 10% most deprived wards in the UK, with a third of children needing free school meals.

MCC’s Community Development Department is active in Westminster, delivering cricket in all its state schools, and running programmes to reduce social isolation amongst the elderly, and helping the long-term unemployed back into work.

The Foundation aims to be an outstanding local charity in Westminster. Working alongside the Community Development Department, we have funded a new tournament – the MCC Foundation Westminster League – to introduce local state secondary school pupils to the game, with the aim of increasing young people’s enjoyment and desire to keep on playing cricket.

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MCC Foundation
Lord's Ground
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