MCCF Hubs in Dulwich
Register now for spring term 2024
Please note that there is normally also an MCCF Hub / ACE Programme Hub at Harris Academy Greenwich.
New in 2024
The participation age group has changed to Under 12-14s (school years 7-9) and Under 15-16s (school years 10-11).
MCC Foundation Dulwich Girls Hub 2024 flyer
MCC Foundation Dulwich Boys Hub 2024 flyer
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 Dulwich Hub 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.
Who is eligible?
There are separate Hubs for girls and boys.
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 Dulwich Hub Manager, Simon Talbot, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taster/trial session on the first weekend
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.
There is space for 24 player each each of the three training sessions: Girls U12-16s, Boys U12-14 and Boys U15-16.
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 (2024)
Sessions are on Sundays on the following dates:
Taster/trial session: Jan 14
Jan 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar 3, 10, 17, 24
U12-14s (school years 7-9) at 6:00-7:30pm
U15-16s (school years 10-11) at 7:30-9:00pm
Sessions are on Wednesdays on the following dates:
Taster session: Jan 10
Jan 17, 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21,28
Mar 6, 13, 20
6:00-7:30pm for players in all age-groups (U12-14s and U15-16s)
Please contact the Dulwich Hub Manager, Simon Talbot, on email@example.com.
Simon is back for 2024, having had a year off in 2023. Simon has been coaching junior cricket for over 20 years and was one of the lead coaches in the Surrey performance programme for many years.
Venue - Dulwich College Sports Club
Dulwich College Sports Club, Pond Cottages, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LE.
This is a private members' sports club with a small carpark, so groups using the facilities are normally asked park somewhere on the nearby roads.
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.