MCCF Hubs (mixed) - free training for state school players in years 6-10

MCCF Hubs (mixed) - 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.

These are details for the two mixed (boys & girls). In 2019/20 there was also an MCCF Girls Hub running at Dulwich 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.

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 have attended MCCF Hub training in the past few years and have said the quality of the coaching has been very good. This year, the head coach for both Hubs is Simon Talbot, who has coached the Danish national team and is/has been a 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?

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.

Where are Hubs?

For the courses run in Spring 2020, there are MCCF Hubs running at:

  • Dulwich College in West Dulwich

  • St Dunstan's College, near Catford


For the courses run in Spring 2020, both Hubs have an initial trial at which players will be assessed for suitability to take part in the Hubs:

  • Dulwich College trial: 13:00-14:30 and 14:30-16:00, Sunday 12th January 2020

  • St Dunstan's College trial: 18.00-19.30 and 19.30-21.00, Sunday 12th January 2020

Our understanding is that in 2020 there are a few more players expected to attend trials than there are spaces available, and places will be allocated to the players judged to be showing the most potential. We think that the majority of our players attending the trial are likely to be offered a place, but not all.

Number of places available

For the courses run in Spring 2020, approximately the following number of spaces are likely to be available (Hub manager might adjust this depending on demand):

  • Dulwich College: 48 players per day (24 players per 1.5h session )

  • St Dunstan's College: 24 players per day (12 players per 1.5h session)

Venues and times

Dulwich College

We expect times to be the same as in 2019, which were:

"U13s" (years 6-8): 18.00 – 19.30

"U15s" (years 8-10): 19.30 – 21.00

St Dunstan's College

We expect times to be the same as in 2019, which were:

"U13s" (years 6-8): 13:00-14:30

"U15s" (years 8-10): 14:30-16:00


2020 session dates are as follows:

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

  • Sunday 12 January (trials)

  • Sunday 19 January

  • Sunday 26 January

  • Sunday 2 February

  • Sunday 9 February

  • Sunday 16 February

  • Sunday 23 February

  • Sunday 1 March

  • Sunday 8 March

  • Sunday 15 March

  • Sunday 22 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 in a nice, neat spreadsheet. To do so, please fill in this form by Sun 13th Oct 2019. We will send your data to Simon and notify you by email (the one you've entered into the form) to confirm Simon has received it.

After 13th Oct 2019, please do not use the form. Please self-nominate (see below)...

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 (for Surrey, Kent or London Schools Cricket Association)? If yes, state which, and what stage of trials / which phase / whether district or county.

  • Cricket club

  • School (must be a state school)

  • School year

  • Date of birth

  • Any medical/disability information that the coaches should know about

  • Can you attend the Dulwich College Hub (yes/no)

  • Can you attend the St Dunstan's Hub (yes/no)

  • If you can attend either, which would be your preference (Dulwich / St Dunstan's)

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.

Dulwich College (Mixed) Hub flyer

St Dunstan's College Hub flyer