Join Lord's TV and Oxford MCC Universities captain Ben Williams as he guides you through what it's like to be a cricketer at one of the six MCCUs.
As the junior cricket festival season gears up for fifteen and sixteen year-olds and school pupils around the country sit down to their end of year exams, MCC is encouraging the next generation of talent to consider the MCC University scheme.
As part of this, Lord's TV has captured 'a day in the life' of an MCCU cricketer to promote the scheme to students. Join Ben Williams, captain of Oxford MCCU, as he juggles tutorials, net sessions and captaining a first-class cricket side.
The video includes footage of day one of Oxford MCCU's drawn match against Worcestershire CCC earlier this season.
During the film, former England cricketer and MCC Universities coach, Clive Radley, outlines the potential role of the scheme for ambitious young players, saying: “The object is to help each player secure a county contract.
"The MCCU scheme has been very successful in this respect; a lot of former students have gone onto play first class cricket. It is hard work – the matches against the counties in particular can sometimes be a bit like boys playing against men – but this is the best way to learn and develop.
“The MCCUs present an ideal opportunity for an ambitious young cricketer – the chance to get a degree and forward their cricket career at the same time. Those involved are very lucky.”
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, added his thoughts on the MCCU scheme.
He said: “The MCC Universities scheme is only as good as the quality of the players involved. The cyclical turnover of students involved means that we are constantly looking to identify the next generation of players.
"We need to make sure that we are attracting the most talented young cricketers out there, and this new film perfectly demonstrates how the MCCUs offer a perfect environment for aspiring players to excel on and off the field.
“In particular the film provides an insight into how the players have to balance their time on a day-to-day basis. Combining lectures, training and first class cricket: the MCCUs don’t just produce good cricketers, but strong leaders and rounded characters for all walks of life.”