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Local youngsters work on MCC Media Project

Ten youngsters played a part in the programme
Ten youngsters played a part in the programme

MCC hosted a group of budding young media professionals from a local charity project at last Sunday’s National Village Cup Final.

The teens were part of a creative media project and funded by Westminster charity Vital Regeneration, which provides education and employment opportunities for young people from deprived backgrounds.

During the showpiece match at the Home of Cricket on Sunday, the group were given access to many of the Ground’s most famous locations – including the J.P. Morgan Media Centre – to add footage to their film projects.

Some students also shadowed members of the MCC media team as part of the day, learning more intricate details about filmmaking and working in a press office.

This is one of many partnerships MCC is developing with local charities, as part of its community program.

Launched in 2013, the community program sees the Club working with local schools, businesses and charitable projects in the Tri-Borough area.

As well as working with organisations like Vital Regeneration, MCC have offered volunteering opportunities on major matchdays, held art competitions for local schools and allowed public access to the members-only Pavilion on a special open day earlier this summer.

Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive, said: "MCC has really stepped up its activity in the local community this year, and we’re delighted to be working closely with a number of excellent local charities, including Vital Regeneration.

"It was fantastic to see so many young people from the project here learning skills from our staff and taking in the atmosphere at the Home of Cricket. I would be very pleased to welcome Vital Regeneration back at Lord’s soon."

Anslem Herelle, Vital Youth Programme Manager, said: "MCC is the first major sports club in London we have worked with and it has been hugely beneficial thus far. We’re extremely grateful to the staff at Lord’s for sharing their expertise and for allowing our young people to film around the Ground.

"The feedback we’ve had from the young people has been excellent and I can already see a boost to their self confidence and technical ability. I would like to thank MCC for the opportunity and I look forward to working with the Club again in the future."

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