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MCC Foundation renews commitment to supporting Northerns cricket hub


The MCC Foundation reaffirmed its dedication to bolstering the Northerns Cricket hub following a recent visit to assess its progress and impact.

A delegation from the foundation, headed by Dr. Sarah Fane, the executive director, along with Mr. Angus Berry, Head of Operations, and Mr. James Bailey, Head of Communications, arrived in Gulu on February 27, 2024.

They were warmly welcomed by Grace Mutyagaba, the development manager for the Northern region.

The MCC Foundation upon arrival in Gulu

Having sponsored various activities, including tournaments, in the Northern region over the past 18 months, the foundation conducted a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation exercise to see the value attached to the money they spend on the hub.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback showcased the tangible results of their support, with cricket witnessing a significant surge in the region.

Notably, in January three girls from the Northern region were selected to participate in a training camp, with the potential to represent the Under-19 team in the upcoming qualifiers in August.

These promising talents include Labong Hellen Yaya, Genesis Tamu, and Ayiko Beatrice.

During their two-day visit to Gulu, the MCC Foundation team engaged with several schools and community groups, witnessing firsthand the transformative impact of cricket in the region.

The MCC Foundation team while meeting the students at Gulu Public Primary

Ivan Kagoda, the head coach at Northerns Cricket hub, showcased exceptional coaching skills throughout the sessions, leaving a lasting impression on the visitors.

On the first day, they visited Gulu Prison Primary School, Gulu Public Primary School, Baptist Primary School, St. Joseph’s College Layibi, and engaged with the local community group.

The activities surpassed the visitors’ expectations, showcasing the enthusiasm and engagement of the participants.

On the second day, the team continued their outreach efforts, visiting Vanguard Primary School, Gulu High School, Layibi Primary School, Bright Valley School, and concluding their action-packed day at Sacred Heart School.

Dr. Sarah Fane expressed her concerns about the competition among charity organizations in the UK but remains steadfast in her dedication to advancing cricket in Uganda.

With over 15 years of service in Afghanistan, she is deeply committed to the cause. Ms. Fane also pledged to enlist curators to build a grass wicket in Gulu.

Looking ahead, the MCC Foundation pledged to enhance its support for the Northerns Cricket hub.

Plans are underway to provide additional equipment and potentially sponsor a fully funded tournament for the teams, affirming the commitment of the foundation to empower and uplift cricket in the region.

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