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Transforming lives in the UK

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.

Nationwide Cricket Hubs

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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Virtual Hub

 

New for this year, we are delighted to have launched an exciting nationwide competition for our 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 our Grand Final on the Main Ground at Lord’s on Monday 20 September. 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.

Watch our short documentary below, including interviews with President of MCC Clare Connor CBE, MCCF Director Dr Sarah Fane OBE, former England International Isa Guha and MCCF Young Ambassador Cordelia Griffith.

 

 

Thank you so much to our long-standing supporters, Charles Stanley Wealth Managers, for making this competition possible.

All results from the matches that took place across the UK can be seen via the link below.

 

Match Results

Making Cricket a Game for All

The Foundation is committed to improving representation and breaking down the barriers which currently exist within the game. In addition to our national Hubs programme, we are excited to have launched an ambitious London-wide action plan to make cricket a game for all.

Our plan aims to improve representation at all levels of the game, spanning grassroots, talent, and the coaching workforce. Initiatives include:

  • Supporting coaches from under-represented backgrounds to obtain a L1 or L2 coaching qualification
  • Funding a mentor to provide additional support to ensure none of our beneficiaries slip through the cracks
  • Running specialist training led by inspiring role models to empower more young people from under-represented backgrounds to progress into county age groups squads

On Friday 18 June, we were delighted to host a Game for All festival at Lord's to celebrate the range of formats and diversity of talent in the game. 8 women's teams came from across the UK to take part in a soft ball cricket tournament during the day, and in the evening we were joined by 30 young players from under-represented backgrounds who had been nominated by our network of key partners across London to take part in a specialist hard ball workshop with MCC coaches. Check out the video below for some highlights from the women's tournament.

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We are determined to make a real and lasting difference and will be working closely with key partners including ACE, MCC, the ECB, the NACC, and the Refugee Cricket Project to maximise our impact.