The 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 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.

Transforming Lives Through Cricket

The MCC Foundation came into being in 1993 as a result of a legacy left by the legendary cricketer Sir Gubby Allen. The objectives of the Foundation are broad: we aim to make a real difference in London, in the UK, and overseas. Here’s how we plan to invest in the future:

Locally, MCC wants to provide cricket to young people in every state school in Westminster, and, for adults, use the draw of Lord’s to provide jobs, skills-training, and social interaction to those in need. You can find out more about the projects MCC runs in the communities local to Lord’s here.

Nationally, the MCC Foundation aims to fulfil one of MCC’s key objectives: to promote cricket to young people for the long-term good of the game. An extensive network of Hubs operates across the UK, inspiring more teenagers to develop their skills and make cricket their sport of choice. In time, we want to invest in initiatives that encourage youngsters not only to play but also to become involved in the game as officials, volunteers and supporters. The MCC Foundation only invests in initiatives which are truly needed, and which complement the work of other agencies, including the ECB, Chance to Shine, the Lord’s Taverners, and County Boards and Foundations.

Internationally, the MCC Foundation has supported the outstanding work of Afghan Connection, the Foundation of Goodness in Sri Lanka, and the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation. Future investment will target projects in countries across the globe that need our help on and off the pitch to encourage the playing of cricket, as well as using the game to improve people’s education, well-being and life chances.

Who's who in the MCC Foundation

The MCC Foundation numbers amongst its Trustees some of the longest serving members of MCC, including two MCC Presidents. Previous trustees include Charles Fry, grandson of the legendary CB, who served as Foundation Chairman until February 2018.