MIDDLESEX CRICKET TRUST (MCT)

A Charitable Trust formed as the Middlesex County Cricket Club Centenary Youth Trust on 1 October 1964 to mark the centenary of the County Club, and set up to further cricket in Middlesex by encouraging and facilitating the playing of cricket at clubs, schools and universities.

The name was initially shortened to the Centenary Youth Trust (CYT) but has been updated to link more closely to the other cricketing organisations in the County and is now known as the Middlesex Cricket Trust (MCT).

The Trust's funds have come mainly from a legacy from Gubby Allen and other generous donors, supplemented by fundraising activities.

Initially the Trust employed coaches to visit junior schools to introduce the pupils to cricket and to train the staff to continue with their cricket development. This work has now been taken over and expanded by the Middlesex Cricket Board, although the Trust continues to contribute to the costs.

The Trust has also helped clubs with grants towards the cost of non-turf pitches, net facilities and other cricketing equipment, together with support to the Middlesex Colts Association and the provision of funds for colts’ festivals, and support to the Schools Cricket Association of Middlesex.

In 1999 the Trustees gave almost 400 helmets to the colts sections of clubs in the County, in order to ensure that the very young colts could be attracted to the game and to enable them to continue to play it.

Since the inception of the Trust it is estimated that some £800,000 has been provided for the development of cricket and cricket facilities.

In recent years, the Trustees have been considering how the Trust can become of even greater value to the promotion of cricket in Middlesex. The growth of development activity now managed by the Middlesex Cricket Board – through clubs and schools – has been accompanied by a need to attract funding so that this excellent work can be maintained. As the only registered charity dedicated to cricket in Middlesex, the Trust is perfectly placed to help the County Club and the Board, both as a supporter of activities and as a recipient for charitable funds.

The Trustees have also recognised that the promotion of cricket around the county will not only help to produce the next generation of cricketers and cricket lovers, but that the game can be also be used as a tool for broader social development. Consequently they decided in 2011 to begin a campaign of positive changes and increased activity.

These ambitious plans will mean that fundraising activities will have to increase so that the additional funds needed to match our ambitions will be forthcoming.

We welcome any ideas or suggestions that you may have on further ways in which we can help support cricket in Middlesex and also how we may raise the funds to achieve this.

MIDDLESEX BOROUGHS

The Middlesex Cricket Trust serves the areas coloured yellow on the map below:

KEY:

1. Hammersmith and Fulham

2. Kensington and Chelsea

3. City of Westminster

4. City of London

REQUESTS FOR FUNDING

We continue to provide grants to support the purchase of a number of items of cricket equipment and also help fund various activities in schools, clubs and communities to support and increase the level of cricket activity.

DOWNLOAD THE MCT GRANT FORM

MAKING A DONATION

We are always particularly appreciative of gifts and legacies, especially when supported by Gift Aid. If you would like further details on the MCT or to make a donation please contact Richard Goatley, Honorary Treasurer at richard.goatley@middlesexccc.com.

INVESTING TODAY IN OUR CRICKETERS OF TOMORROW

Every project that the MCT invests in is helping to safeguard the future of cricket within the county. From their support of practice facilities at clubs and schools to their funding of schools competitions and borough performance squads, the Trust's programme of grant-aid is an increasingly important contribution to the health of cricket in Middlesex, now and in years to come.

You can make a gift to the MCT confident in the knowledge that it will be used to introduce young people to our great game, encouraging them to love cricket and helping them to develop their abilities to be the best that they can be.

What your gift to the MCT can achieve:

·         £25 provides an hour's coaching for 30 primary school children

·         £50 pays for a teacher to attend formal training enabling them to deliver cricket in curriculum classes

·         £75 provides a Kwik Cricket set for a school

·         £100 provides an inclusive cricket kit bag for a Special Educational Needs Schools or unit

These are just a few examples of the genuine impact that a gift of any size can make to the future of Middlesex Cricket.

The Middlesex Cricket Trust Registered Charity Number 312536

MCT TRUSTEES

Chris Goldie (Chairman)

Independent Fundraising Consultant. Played cricket for Middlesex through to County 2nd XI and first-class cricket for Hampshire and Cambridge University. Member of Middlesex CCC General Committee/Executive Board since 1998. Secretary of MCB. Current Chairman and former captain of Richmond CC

Charles Robins

Retired insurance broker. Played for Middlesex as an all-rounder finishing as the second XI captain. Member of the Middlesex General Committee for many years. Chairman of Cricket for 13 years then Chairman and President of the County Club. Inducted into County Hall of Fame

Peter Lowrey

Retired banker. President of Middlesex Colts Association since 1997. Managed and coached Middlesex U13 squads since 1984. Colts Chairman at Brondesbury CC since 1980

David Holland

Former Project Manager and Marketing Executive in computer industry. Chairman of Middlesex Cricket Union 1986/96. Administration and Development Secretary of MCB 1996/2009. Member of ECB Recreational Cricket Group 2007/11. Life Member and current President of Teddington CC

Aalok Soni

Management Consultant. Played cricket for Ealing and Richmond CCs, member of Harrow St Mary’s CC. Both sons played for Middlesex Colts. Experience working with Police and Local Authority to use cricket in Schools to reduce anti-social behaviour

Gary Pettet

Successful entrepreneur, having built and publicly floated 2 separate companies. Currently founder and Executive chairman of a large leisure company centred in Brighton. Director of cricket and former 1st XI captain at Harrow St Mary’s CC

David Hiles

Former teacher and member of Schools Cricket Association of Middlesex since 1971, serving as President, Chairman and Committee member. Life Vice-President and former Hon Secretary of both Middlesex County RFU and London RFU, and Hon Sec of Rugby’s Wooden Spoon Charity for Middlesex Region. Life Vice-President of Pinner RFC

Lee Farrant

A sports, marketing and visual image specialist who works with several sports brands and governing bodies. He manages RPM Ventures an entrepreneurial arm of marketing agency RPM, set up to encourage, finance and provide expertise to new business start-ups. He believes in encouraging participation and accessibility to sport, at all levels and all ages.

Officers:

Hon Treasurer: Richard Goatley - Chief Executive, Middlesex Cricket

Hon Secretary: James Keightley - Finance and Admin, Middlesex Cricket

Advisor: Katie Berry - Director of Development, Middlesex Cricket

Administrator: Hannah Baxter - Business Support Manager, Middlesex Cricket

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