MCCF Hubs at Dulwich College (2022)
Can my child attend both SMCC training and an MCC Hub?
We run our own indoor training through the Autumn and Spring terms. However, if your child goes to a STATE school, we highly recommend that you also try to get them into one of the MCC Foundation Hub training courses (details below), because they are very well run, are completely free, and the extra training and matches will greatly help them improve their cricket.
MCC Foundation Hubs - free training for state-school players in years 6-10
Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation each year provides free training to state-school educated children (girls and boys) in school years 6-10. There are over 60 Hubs across the UK.
All coaching is provided completely free of charge, funded by generous donors (private individuals and other 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 over the last few years and have invariably said the quality of the coaching has been very good. This year, the head coach for the Dulwich College Hubs is again Simon Talbot, former 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. Last year, two SMCC parents who are trained cricket coaches were amongst the group of coaches assisting Simon.
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 in year 6 in particular will need to show strong talent in order to be accepted. Players will need to bring their own set of cricket kit. Players need to be willing and able to commit to attending all sessions.
Please note that the flyers say "11-15 years" but we have confirmed with Simon Talbot in previous years this means the Hub is open to players in school years 6-10.
Trial on the first weekend
If more players apply than the Hubs have spaces for, coaches will pick the players who seem to have the greatest potential to benefit from partaking in the Hubs, based on a trial session.
Hubs start with a trial session at which players will be assessed for suitability to take part in the Hubs on Sunday 10th January 2020 (normally at the same times as the training - see below).
Over the last few year, typically nearly all of the SMCC players attending the trial have been invited to train with the Hubs.
Dates and times of sessions
See flyers above.
In the summer term, Hubs usually play a small number of matches against other Hubs from around the country. SMCC typically provided the use of our facilities for free for one or more days as our way of supporting the activities of the Hubs.
Email the Hub Manager, Simon Talbot: email@example.com