MCC Foundation Hub training (years 6-10)

Note on SMCC training for years 5-7

Please note that we run our own hard ball indoor training for years 5-7 on Friday evenings through the winter and spring. However, if your child goes to a state school, we highly recommend that you try to get them into one of the MCC Foundation Hub training courses (details below), because they are very well run and are completely free. Many players from our club go to them each year.

We don't currently run our own indoor off-season training for kids in years 8+ because when we've tried it in the past, attendance was very low. We will continue to review this each year, however.

MCC Foundation Hubs - free training for state-school players in years 6-10 (updated for 2019)

Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation is again in the spring term of 2019 providing free training (worth around £170 per player) to state-school educated children (girls and boys) in school years 6-10.

All coaching is provided completely free of charge and is funded by generous donors (private individuals and grant-making charities) who wish to ensure that state-educated pupils are offered the same opportunities to play cricket to a high standard as their peers in independent schools.

In the spring term of 2019, there will be MCCF Hubs running at

  • Dulwich College in West Dulwich
  • St Dunstan's College, near Catford

Many of our players have attended MCCF Hub training in the past have have said the quality of the coaching has been very good. This year, the head coach for both Hubs is Simon Talbot, formerly the head coach for the Danish national team, and is currently coaching the German national team and is head coach of Surrey's Junior Performance Programme. We've seen Simon in action. He is a great coach who both makes sessions both fun and highly productive.

How the MCCF Hubs will work in 2019

Details below are are as provided to us by the MCCF Hub on 16th Oct 2018.

Who is eligible?

Players must be attending a state school and be in school years 6-10. The Hubs are open to girls and boys. Players need to have played at least a little cricket before and be comfortable going straight in to training with hard balls. Players will need to bring their own set of cricket kit. Players need to be willing and able to commit to attending all or nearly all sessions.


There will be a trials held at both the Dulwich Hub and the St Dunstan's Hub. Trials for both will be on 13th January.

However, at the time of writing, the new manager of the Hubs is awaiting further guidance from the MCCF, so we don't have have confirmation as to:

  • Whether the fact that there are trials means that some players will be excluded from the Hubs. For example, it may be that in order to accommodate more players, some players are invited to the first half or second half of the course only, or players are asked to play in the older/younger session based on their current ability, or will be asked to move to the other Hub.
  • If only certain players are invited to Hub training sessions, it's not clear on what basis they will be selected.
  • We think it's unlikely that you'll have to attend both trials if you are open to attending sessions at either venue, but this is not yet confirmed.

Number of places per session

The following might change based on the number of nominations, but is provided to give you as a rough guideline that the number of places is limited by the coaching resources available:

  • Dulwich College: 48 players per day of sessions - 24 players per session (4 coaches with a max of 8 players per coach)
  • St Dunstan's College: 24 players per day of sessions - 12 players per session (2 coaches with a max of 8 players per coach)

Venues and times

Dulwich College

"U13s" (probably school years 6-8): 18.00 – 19.30 (90 minutes)

"U15s" (probably school years 8-10): 19.30 – 21.00 (90 minutes)

St Dunstan's College

"U13s" (probably school years 6-8): 13:00-14:30 (90 minutes)

"U15s" (probably school years 8-10): 14:30-16:00 (90 minutes)


Same for both Hubs. No break for half-term.

  • Sunday 13th January (trials)
  • Sunday 20th January
  • Sunday 27th January
  • Sunday 3rd February
  • Sunday 10th February
  • Sunday 17th February
  • Sunday 24th February
  • Sunday 3rd March
  • Sunday 10th March
  • Sunday 17th March
  • Sunday 31st March

How to request a place

1. Returning players

If your child attended an MCCF Hub last year, you should have received an email directly from Simon Talbot to which you can reply. If you haven't (and he has told us that email addresses are missing in the data he's been given) then please see option 3 (self-nomination).

2. Nomination by SMCC

The MCCF Hub have requested that we help by nominating eligible and interested players to them. We will therefore be contacting parents of our current players to ask you to let us know if you'd like to be nominated. This nomination process has now been completed. Please see option 3 (self-nomination).

3. Self-nomination

If you're not on our mailing list or have for some reason missed being nominated by the club, you can also nominate your child by emailing Simon Talbot on, with the subject line of "MCCF Hub nomination" and including all of the following details:

  • Player's full name
  • Parent or legal guardian's full name (at least one parent, but feel free to include two)
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Does the child play performance cricket (ie for Surrey, Kent or London Schools Cricket Association)? If yes, state which.
  • Cricket club
  • School
  • School year
  • Date of birth
  • Any medical/disability information that the coaches should know about
  • Preference for Dulwich College or St Dunstan's, and if you are able to attend only one particular venue rather than either, please say so.

There is currently no set deadline for nominations, but as there might be a need to limit places at the trials, we recommend being nominated or nominating yourself as early as possible.