MCC in the Community

Learn about our award-winning community work

About Us

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MCC’s Community Department was created in 2013 to bring together the many goodwill initiatives with which the Club has become involved in recent years. 

Whether introducing cricket to inner-city London schoolchildren, providing work experience opportunities and interview training for former addicts and ex-offenders or holding coaching clinics for local youngsters in far-flung corners of the word, MCC has a strong commitment to working for the benefit of its communities at home and abroad.

Our core area of focus is the communities closest to Lord’s and the surrounding areas which fall under the governance of the City of Westminster.

Many of our programmes have wider reach, however, and we partner with like-minded organisations around the UK and overseas in a combined effort to support the development of cricket wherever it is required.

What We Do

Health & Wellbeing

We use cricket as a tool to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live in the local community. MCC Community initiatives aim to increase physical activity in both young and older people, to stimulate the mind, and to tackle social isolation.

Dementia Sessions

In association with Sporting Memories Network, regular Reminiscence Sessions are held for local people who are living with dementia.

These sessions allow our visitors and their carers to enjoy different areas of the Ground and provide a welcoming environment for memories and stories to be shared over afternoon tea. 

Physical Activity for Elderly

Advocating the benefits of physical and mental activities for older people, regular open-age activity sessions are held in the MCC Cricket Academy which involve a variety of games, including bowls, chess and backgammon.

These sessions give our neighbouring communities the chance to try something new and to meet other local people in a fun and social environment. 

 

 

Silver Sunday and Memories Match

The brainchild of Westminster City Council, Silver Sunday is an annual event open to older people to help combat social isolation.

250 local residents aged over 65 are invited to enjoy a tour of Lord’s and afternoon tea and are given the opportunity to play in or watch an intergenerational cricket match on the Nursery Ground. 

MCC Community invites 500 local residents to enjoy a Memories Match, free of charge, which is held during a day of a Middlesex County Championship match.  The invitation also includes a tour of the ground. 

Cricket initiatives

As well as delivering coaching sessions in local schools, we run open community cricket sessions, in partnership with Middlesex Cricket, at Paddington Recreation Ground, Regent’s Park and Westbourne Green throughout the summer. 

Employment

Forward Trust (RAPt) Programme

In partnership with Forward Trust, MCC Community runs workshops for people who have been involved with crime and/ or have suffered from drug and alcohol dependence, and who are looking to enhance their recovery and to gain employment.

The programme includes work experience, interview technique workshops and apprentice programmes, which help participants to improve their skills, increase their confidence and to build for themselves a positive and productive future. 


Apprenticeships

Launched in 2016 and set up by the Royal Foundation, Coach Core is an apprenticeship programme which provides training for young people who aspire to become sport coaches.

MCC has recruited four Apprentice Coaches through the scheme, who have helped deliver coaching classes and cricket events in local Westminster schools, as well as coaching sessions held in the M Cricket Academy.

Two apprentices have gained permanent employment with MCC through the programme.
 

 

Explore Your Horizons – Speed Networking Event

A collaboration between MCC and Team London (the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme), the speed networking event gives the opportunity for 250 young people from schools in London to meet with 250 business volunteers from a variety of sectors. Each young person is given a limited amount of time to seek advice and discuss their career journeys, skills and aspirations with a volunteer before moving on to speak to others from different industries.

The Challenge Network – Presentation Skills

Together with The Challenge Network, MCC Community runs workshops for young people to improve their skills of speaking to an audience and increase their confidence ahead of facing a panel of judges to deliver a presentation. 

Schools

Six weeks’ free coaching for Westminster Schools

Committed to giving local students an exciting sporting experience, MCC Community Coaches deliver regular cricket sessions throughout the school year. Students gain an understanding of the sport while developing new skills and consolidating existing ones. 


Cricket-based curriculum lessons

Schools in Westminster are offered a free-of-charge session which combines cricket with a national curriculum subject. Designed to use maths in a real-life context, students take part in a cricket-based PE lesson, then analyse their data using ground-breaking technology. 

Tours of Lord’s

A half-day visit to the Home of Cricket, incorporating a fun cricket session and a tour of Lord’s.

Kids’ Takeover Day

In an initiative with Kids in Museums - a charity which supports museums welcoming young people and families - local primary school children get the opportunity to take over the MCC Museum and be a Tour Guide for the day. The children get to work alongside Lord’s Tour Guides to show visitors, including members of their families, around the ground.  

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