Some frequently asked questions about the MCC University schemes at Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Leeds/Bradford, Loughborough and Oxford.
What are the costs involved?
Only first year students need to pay for their playing kit.
All travel, accommodation and food is covered.
What competitions do the MCCUs compete in?
The six MCCUs compete against each other in the MCC Universities Championship, with the top two going onto the MCC Universities Challenge Final at Lord’s.
They are also part of the British Universities & Colleges Sport competition – where they play other university sides.
Do MCCUs play first-class cricket?
Yes, all six universities play two first-class matches a year against county opposition. They also play an additional fixture against a county which does not have first-class status.
What formats do MCCUs play?
The county fixtures last for three days, the MCC Universities Championship is a two-day competition, the BUCS and MCC Universities Challenge Final are 50-over competitions and there is also an MCC Universities Twenty20 competition. A wide variety of formats are covered.
Can women be part of an MCCU squad?
Yes, MCCUs are for elite cricketers, male and female.
Does the scheme run in the summer holidays?
Those players who do not get county contracts in the summer are eligible for selection for the MCC Universities side which competes in the Second Eleven Championship.
Can I get a bursary to play cricket?
Each institution has different rules on bursaries so they need to be contacted directly regarding this.
How do I apply to an MCCU?
Like any other student, potential MCCU cricketers have to
apply to university through UCAS.
However please head to our interested in joining section to find an application form. When filled out, this will notify the institution that you are hoping to attend.
Where can I find more information?