MCCF / ACE Hub in Lewisham (Nunhead)
Register now for spring term 2024
There is normally also an MCCF Hub / ACE Programme Hub at Harris Academy Greenwich.
New in 2024
The Lewisham Hub will be at a new location this year - Haberdasher's Hatcham College in Nunhead.
The participation age group has changed to Under 12-14s (school years 7-9) and Under 15-16s (school years 10-11).
Please note that this Hub is definitely open to both girls as well as boys, as it was last year. We have confirmed this with the MCC Foundation head office. On the registration form, it it currently says "Lewisham Boys Hub" but they have confirmed this was a mistake and it going to be changed.
MCC Foundation Lewisham Hub flyer for 2024.
MCC Foundation Hubs - free training for state-school players in years 7-11
Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation each year provides free training to state-school educated children (girls and boys) in school years 7-11. There are over 60 Hubs across the UK.
In 2024, with additional funding from England & Wales Cricket Board, the number of Hubs across the country has grown from 77 to 150 and an increase in match play for all participants is planned.
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 opportunities to play cricket to a high standard.
Matches are mainly between Hubs and run in the summer term. SMCC normally provides free use of our pitches for at least one day of matches. Each year, for the Boys U14-16 and Girls' squads, there is a national finals day at Lord's, which south London teams have reached in the past.
Many of our players (girls and boys) have attended MCCF Hub training in over the last few years and have invariably said the experience has been very enjoyable.
ACE Programme (who co-operate this Hub)
The ACE Programme Charity was founded to to engage young people of African and Caribbean Heritage, in response to the decline of the black British professional players.
A driving force behind the founding of the programme was Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, who is now chair of the charity. Day to day operations are led by Chevy Green, who for many years was SMCC's main contact at Surrey Cricket Foundation and is hugely experienced at running cricket programmes. The professional coaching team includes SMCC's Men's 1st Team captain, Neneto Davis and our Junior Club Captain, Sean Ryan.
Several SMCC junior players have already participated in the ACE programme and have very much enjoyed it. We've seen with our own eyes the difference that the programme's high quality training has made to these players.
Who is eligible?
This Hub welcomes girls as well as boys (we have confirmed this directly with the MCC Foundation).
This Hub / the ACE welcomes children of all ethnicities.
Players must meet the following criteria:
Not attending a fee-paying school
Aged 11-16 (school years 7-11) on 1st September 2023 (younger players may be permitted in exceptional circumstances - ie if they are exceptionally talented) - contact Hub manager for further details)
Not currently in a County Age Group / County Development (best 30 players) squad (other Surrey performance players and Kent district players are eligible)
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 sessions.
Your child must not attend multiple Hubs.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact the Lewisham Hub Manager, Asher Roberts, on email@example.com
Trial for this Hub is not normally required
Over the last few years, typically all or nearly all of the SMCC players attending the trials have been invited to train with the Hubs, but obviously this is not guaranteed.
If more players apply than these 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 observing players during the first session in the series.
Dates and times of sessions
Sessions are on Saturdays on the following dates:
Trial: Jan 20
Feb 3, 10, 24 (no session on 17th)
Mar 9, 16, 23, 30
Under 12-14s (school years 7-9) at 1:45-3:15pm
Under 15-16s (school years 10-11) at 3:15-4:45pm
Please email the Lewisham Hub Manager, Asher Roberts, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue - Haberdashers' Hatcham College (Nunhead)
Can my child attend both SMCC training and an MCC Hub?
Yes, of course.
However, if your child goes to a STATE school and meets the other eligibility criteria above, 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.