MCC Foundation Hub training (years 6-10)

2019-20 autumn & spring

We are currently in the process of finalising details of our 2019-20 autumn & spring term indoor training.

We will run 2 x 10 week courses of a session per week, with the first course being Oct-Dec 2019 and the second being Jan-Mar 2020. Similarly to last year, there will be 60 and 90 minute training sessions for various ages & abilities within the following times: Tues 5-7.30, Thurs 5-8.30 at Charter School in Dulwich. We will publish details here once finalised and will then email everyone on our mailing list. If you want to be on the mailing list, please register.

We expect other details to be broadly similar to 2019, so for now you can read our 2019 information below to get an idea of what to expect.

Note on SMCC training for years 5+

Please note that we run our own hard ball indoor training for years 5+ 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.

MCC Foundation Hubs - free training for state-school players in years 6-10

Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation each year provides 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.

Many of our players have attended MCCF Hub training in the past and 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.

When will we have details for the winter of 2019 / spring of 2020?

Details for the upcoming winter are normally provided to us around October. If you would like to be notified when we have details, please add yourself to our mailing list by using our registration form. You don't need to pick any courses - just register.

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. Several of our girls have attended in previous years and have very much enjoyed it and have developed their skills substantially. We would very much encourage more of our girls to attend. 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.

Where are Hubs?

For the courses run in Spring 2019, there were MCCF Hubs running at:

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


For the courses run in Spring 2019, trials were held at both the Dulwich Hub and the St Dunstan's Hub in mid-January, however, please don't be put off by this. Nearly all of our players who wanted to attend were able to attend one of the Hub courses.

Number of places per session

For the courses run in Spring 2019, approximately the following number of spaces were 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

In the spring of 2019, the following sessions were run:

"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

In the spring of 2019, the following sessions were run:

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

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


In the spring of 2019, sessions were run on the following dates:

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

The following details were correct for the courses run in the Spring of 2019.

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.