MCC has been supporting University Centres of Cricketing Excellence from the beginning of the 2005 cricket season - since when they have been known collectively as MCC Universities.
MCC Universities (MCCUs) are aimed at male cricketers with the potential to play, or who are already playing, first-class cricket, and female cricketers of senior, county, regional or England standard. Each centre intends to provide the best of both worlds to talented cricketers who wish to continue with an academic career - an excellent cricketing education giving the chance to fulfil playing ambitions, while job prospects outside of the game remain unaffected.
The six centres are at Cambridge, Cardiff/Glamorgan, Durham, Leeds/Bradford, Loughborough and Oxford.
The ECB introduced the University Centres of Cricketing Excellence in October 2000 to provide talented and aspiring young cricketers who wish to further their education with unrivalled opportunities to develop their cricket at university.
MCC has now become the sole source of external funding of the initiative. ECB no longer contributes financially, but continues to have an input in the scheduling of fixtures and umpire allocation, as well as appointing a Performance Manager to the MCC Advisory Panel which monitors the programme.
MCC announced in November 2009 it would be making a three-year investment of over £1.5million in the six MCC UCCEs. The MCC Committee decided to continue the funding as part of the Club’s commitment to grassroots cricket and as a result of the MCCUs scheme’s impressive results.
Around a fifth of all English-qualified players in the county system attended an MCCU, including England Captain Andrew Strauss, England and Sussex CCC bowler Monty Panesar, and Essex CCC Captain James Foster
Between 2010 and 2012, MCC will give the six MCCUs £225,000 each to run their playing programmes and to ensure they can provide top-class coaching structures and facilities to students.
MCC will also spend over £150,000 on MCC University tournaments, tours, training and its participation in the ECB 2nd XI Championship. Loughborough MCCU will receive an additional £15,000 in 2010 towards the continued development of its women’s programme. The whole investment package will be subject to an annual review, with clear objectives being set for each Centre.
This new deal will take MCC’s financial commitment in the six MCC University Centres of Cricketing Excellence to more than £4.5million since 2005.
John Stephenson, MCC’s Head of Cricket, said: “MCC is passionate about its role in university cricket and we are delighted to be able to continue our investment in the MCC University Centres, who have a proven track record in producing excellent, well-rounded cricketers.
“MCC thinks it essential that the professional pathway continues to be open to aspiring cricketers who wish to continue their education. Not all players develop at the same rate and not all players will ultimately make the grade. In being given access to the very best facilities and coaching, in addition to their degree, cricketers at an MCC University can ultimately achieve on two levels.”
David Graveney OBE, the ECB’s National Performance Manager, said: “I have been continually impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by all involved in the MCC Universities. The MCCUs coaches are outstanding, and the student’s commitment to training would dispel a few illusions of the `cushy University life`. By their support of the MCCUs programme, MCC plays a vital role in creating an environment for gifted and talented athletes to prosper.”
An MCC-produced prospectus, which lists the academic institutions involved in the MCC Universities, together with information on how to apply, is now available from the MCC Cricket Office:
Telephone 020 7616 8605
And can be downloaded below as a PDF:
MCC Universities Booklet (1.9 MB)
There is a dedicated MCC Universities website.
And the MCC website also carries information on MCC Universities.
You can view the records for the MCC University v County matches in season 2014 in the ecb.co.uk/stats section from the links below:
Top Scoring Batsmen
Fastest Scoring Batsmen
Runs Scored on Leg Side
Runs Scored on Off Side
Total Wickets per Bowler
Best Bowling Economy Rate
Worst Bowling Economy Rate
Total Team Runs
Total Team Boundaries
Highest Opening Partnerships
Team LBW Decisions