Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University form a cricket partnership whereby a joint team is selected from a total student population of about 30,000.
The team draws the best players from Oxford University Cricket Club and Oxford Brookes University.
Former players include Jamie Dalrymple, Tim Linley, Joe Sayers, Ed Young and Richard Coughtrie.
Oxford MCCU plays its home games in the Parks, which has been a venue for First Class cricket since 1881 and has regularly hosted tourist matches.
There are nine outdoor nets and an additional ‘mini square’ for practice on the main field. In addition, Oxford Brookes has two grounds and there is access to high-quality College grounds for other matches. There is a dedicated indoor net building (two-lane) with modern video equipment and bowling machines. There is access to modern fitness suites and experienced sports scientists.
The aim of the MCCU scheme is to foster genuine talent and criteria for student entry is male cricketers with potential to play first class cricket and female cricketers of senior county standard.
The academy squad has free access to:
- First class ground
- Grass nets at the University Parks
- Indoor nets at Iffley Rd and Brookes sports centre
- Full time all year round professional coach
- Video analysis and one to one tuition
- Visiting coaches from the first class world
- ECB coach education courses
- Sports science and medicine back up
Scheme update May 2018: Funding to retain the MCCU scheme nationally, through the MCC, has been secured until July 2020. More about funding beyond this date can be found here and any further updates will be posted when available. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this matter.