Following a sensational ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) opened up the Cricket Academy yesterday to children from across London, for the opportunity to pick up a bat and ball and follow in the footsteps of their cricketing heroes.
From England’s inspiring victory in front of a sell-out crowd at Lord’s, MCC is aiming to get more young people in London involved in the game with the MCC Cricket Academy showcasing its state of the art facilities and quality coaching courses.
Young cricketers took part in an MCC coaching session and used the world’s leading practice facilities. The Cricket Academy was a hive of excitement as youngsters from across the capital took to the very same nets used by professional cricketers on a regular basis, all year-round.
Danni Warren, MCC Head of Women’s Cricket said: “Watching England win the World Cup at Lord’s was truly incredible and we’re thrilled to be able to bring young cricketers into the MCC Cricket Academy today to inspire them to play cricket and build on their love of the sport. We’ve seen some phenomenal talent come through our programmes and I’d love to see the next generation of cricketers start their journey at Lord’s, whether that’s picking up a bat for the very first time, improving on their skills or even simply developing a lifelong love of the game. There is nowhere better to play than at the Home of Cricket.”
Neel, aged 10, attended the session and said: “Today I’ve been bowling, fielding and batting in the nets and on the Nursery Ground which has been really fun. The World Cup was brilliant – I was supporting India but I was really happy that England won. Their victory is making more people want to play my favourite sport!”
Lord’s will be hosting a one-day girls’ only cricket course on 7th August to encourage more women and girls to learn the sport. The course will be run by coaches with vast experience in girls’ cricket and will focus on the development of core skills and team building. Places on this girls’ only cricket course are available to book now through the Lord’s website.
The incredible summer of cricket at Lord’s continues with England’s Specsavers Test matches against Ireland starting on Wednesday 24th July, and against Australia on 14th August. For those inspired by the action can head to the MCC Cricket Academy and book onto a course. With schools starting to break up for the summer holidays, this is the perfect time to book onto one of the MCC Cricket Academy children’s courses which are available for 3-16 year-olds. Courses also take place in term-time as well as during school holidays.
Adult courses are also available and give cricket lovers the opportunity to test their skills against the state of the art bowling machine and Pitchvision technology with the guidance of an MCC Cricket Academy coach.
There are still opportunities to watch cricket at Lord’s this summer as tickets are available for Middlesex’s Vitality Blast matches priced at £10 for under-16s, and Specsavers County Championship matches, with under-16 tickets just £5. To buy tickets, visit tickets.lords.org
For more information and to book onto courses, visit lords.org/academy
About Marylebone Cricket Club
MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws and Spirit of the game. There are 18,000 Full Members and 5,000 Associate Members of MCC.
The Club plays more matches than any other – around 480 each year, against schools, universities and clubs in the UK, and between 20 and 30 as part of its overseas touring programme which aims to develop cricket abroad.
About Lord’s Ground
The first match played at ‘Lord’s Cricket Ground’ was in 1787, when businessman Thomas Lord staged a game between Middlesex and Essex at a newly built ground in what was then known as Dorset Fields.
This summer Lord’s hosted five ICC Cricket World Cup matches including the Final, which saw England claim victory over New Zealand in a dramatic super over. In 2017, Lord’s hosted its second ICC Women’s World Cup Final, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd.