The MCC Foundation Hubs

"I would like to see an MCC Foundation Hub in every town in the UK and more than one in London."
Mike Brearley

How the Hubs Work

In 1975, 70% of England Test cricketers playing in the Ashes Series were from state schools. In 2013, that figure had fallen to just 35%. This reflects the decline of cricket in state schools: a concerning trend which threatens the future of the game.

In 2011, the MCC Foundation initiated six pilot cricket ‘Hubs’ across the UK, with the aim of providing free, high-quality cricket coaching to children aged 11-15 attending state schools. There are now 54 MCC Foundation Hubs across the UK, working to keep cricket alive at the grassroots and facilitate the progression of talented yet economically disadvantaged athletes into representative cricket.

Our National Hub manager, Reece Bird, works closely with local cricket clubs, state schools, and County Cricket Boards, to establish the Hubs and ensure they are working effectively alongside any existing programmes in the area. With the exception of Felsted and Newham, which are exclusively for girls, MCCF Hubs are open to both boys and girls.

Testimony from parents has consistently shown that the Hubs are having a meaningful impact on the cricketing abilities, life prospects, and self-belief of attendees.

“The Hub, and particularly Dave’s and Richard's work, has had a huge impact on Lottie's game. Not only have we seen improvements in her game but in her confidence too. She's so motivated that a career in cricket doesn't seem like an impossible dream and they have inspired her to want to become a coach too.”

John Oxton-King, Father of Lottie Oxton (MCCF North Oxfordshire Hub)

The Hubs are completely funded by the MCC Foundation. MCC generously supports the Foundation by covering our administration costs, but we are entirely reliant on donations to sustain and expand the Hubs programme. Please click here to be taken to our donation page, where you will find information about making single and regular gifts.

Testimonial

"Our son is very passionate about cricket. Unfortunately he does not have a group of friends who share his passion and, as a family, we could never give him the time he needs. The Tuesday and Saturday sessions have been a godsend; he has now become so confident in his cricket, and truth be told more confident in general. His improvement during the sessions has been quite phenomenal. We cannot wait to see all he has learned be used during this season's play."

Find your nearest MCC Foundation Hub