MCCF Girls Hub - free training for state school girls in years 6-10

MCCF Girls Hub - information pending for 2020/21

The below information is for 2019/20. We will update the information here and will inform parents as soon as we have updated information for 2020/21.

This is Hub is for girls only. Girls must be attending a state school and be in years 5-10. Girls may also attend the mixed Hubs running at Dulwich College and St Dunstan's College.

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. There are 54 Hubs across the UK and for the first time in 2020, they are running a dedicated girls' only Hub at Dulwich College.

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 (girls and boys) 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.

Who is eligible?

Girls must be attending a state school and be in school years 6-10. 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.

Trial on 18:00-19:30pm Wed 8th Jan

For the courses run in Spring 2020, a trial will be held on Wednesday 8th January, 18.00 – 19.30. Please don't be put off by this. In previous years, nearly all of our players who wanted to attend were able to attend one of the Hub courses.

Number of places available

Initially run the Hub with 16 children participating, but there is scope to increase this to 24 should there be the demand.

Venue - Dulwich College

Dates and times

Sessions will be on Wednesday evenings 18:00-19:30 and will run from 15th January to 25th 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.

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.

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

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.

Please note that the flyer says "11-15 years" but we have confirmed with Simon Talbot that as in previous years, this means the Hub is open to girls in school years 6-10.