The MCC Foundation was founded in 1993 as the charitable arm of MCC. MCC – Marylebone Cricket Club – owns Lord’s Cricket Ground, and also has a remit to promote and develop the game.
Since 2011, the Foundation’s flagship programme has been the development of a network of Cricket Hubs across the UK, providing free cricket coaching to state-educated children aged 11-15.
The Hubs aim to remove financial barriers to help young players achieve their goals, whether that be excelling in Club matches over summer, or competing for places in district, borough, and county age-group teams.
The Hubs are also working to combat the disappearance of cricket from state secondary schools; 93% of the population attend state schools, but only 1% of state-educated 11-18 year olds play regular cricket.
In 2021/22, the Foundation will run 74 Hubs across the UK. The Hubs are funded by donations from a range of philanthropic individuals, trusts, corporate sponsors, and MCC itself.
The MCC Foundation Hubs are a nationwide network of cricket Hubs that provide free-to-access training and match play to more than 3,000 state-educated young cricketers at 77 sites across the UK.
In Berkshire, we run 4 Hubs: Reading, Slough, Bracknell and West Berkshire. These operate as a layer below the Berkshire county squads, and have Boys & Girls squads at U14 and U16 age groups, with a total of 272 places available for 2024.
Our Hubs have seen significant success on the field, with the Reading U16 Boys the current national champions, and the Slough U16 Boys have been runners up in 2021.
For more information, please contact Adam Davidson