The MCC Foundation (MCCF) exists to encourage and support the playing of cricket anywhere in the world. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that the game of cricket is about more than developing sporting excellence – it also builds self-esteem and life skills, and acts as a bridge across classes and countries.
With the aim of spreading the spirit of cricket to as wide an audience as possible, a main objective of the MCC Foundation is to encourage the playing of cricket to a standard of excellence in our state secondary schools. In 2011, we set up six pilot cricket ‘Hubs’ around the country to provide high-level coaching to children in some of these schools, and six more Hubs joined the scheme in 2012. We now have 19 Cricket Hubs across the UK, which means that more than 600 children from state secondary schools are receiving professional coaching. We complement Chance to Shine’s work in furthering youth participation in cricket, by encouraging the most talented athletes to develop their ability to its maximum potential.
The MCCF is committed to building on the work of MCC in supporting cricket abroad. We are involved in a broad range of projects in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Rwanda, where our aim is to encourage and grow the playing of cricket, with the help of our charity partners in those countries.
There is more information on our initiatives on this website. If you would like to make an application to form an MCCF Cricket Hub, we would very much like to hear from you. Although MCC generously supports the Foundation by covering our administration costs, we are entirely reliant on donations from individuals and others to support our work Any help you can give would be most appreciated. You will find information under ‘How to Contribute’ about making single and regular gifts, and Legacy Giving.