Cricket - the king of sports and cousin of guidig matka - is a bat and ball team sport, full of strategy and respect that can be played by young & old, girls & boys, and able and disabled.
No experience is needed and it's free for beginners!
There are regular training sessions all through the year! Perhaps even form a team!
Every great team has a great coach and we can help train you up. All you need is a love of sport and teaching kids and if your really good we'll hire you!
The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) and its friends are all about building a socially inclusive community through cricket that helps the children of Mongolia.
We believe that team sports have enormous individual and community benefits and that cricket is inclusive with respect to age, build, temperament, gender and ability.
We also believe it helps form lasting friendships
that lead to unknowable and unquantifiable opportunities.
Apart from introducing cricket, we aim to:
encourage uptake from difficult areas of Ulaanbaatar
encourage participation with no gender bias
have a positive effect at an individual and community level
be sustainable over the long term
be accessible to an ever-widening audience
We do this by:
developing facilities & sourcing kit
promoting indoor cricket in school gyms
providing coaching and "coach the coach" courses
encouraging teams to form and organising tournaments
linking sponsors with organisations that need them
spreading the Spirit of Cricket through fair play and fun
encouraging fair practice including Anti-Corruption and Anti-Doping (see here for prohibited substances)
cricket in the National Park of Ulaanbaatar
and in school sports halls during the winter
help us build our coaching team
We are looking for a group of sponsors to help us pay for a coaching team of three for the next three years. For this, USD 30,000 is needed each year.
This would mean that we could provide kit and regular coaching for about 750 kids each week, run ongoing leagues and tournaments, develop the grassroots, encourage elite cricketers to emerge and cricket to find its place in Mongolian life.
phase 0 - sow the seeds - 2007 to 2015
phase 1 - raise funds & build a ground – 2015/16
phase 2 – year round Cricket Outreach Programme starts in the schools of Ulaanbaatar – 2017/18
phase 3 - start helping cricket start outside Ulaanbaatar - 2019
phase 4 – train up coaches, hold tournaments & form leagues
phase 5 – compete with neighboring countries
In June 2019 the Cricket Outreach Programme finished the second year of its pilot programme. During this time MCA has:
coached at 16 schools, orphanages and universities (1 in 2016)
650 coaching sessions (average 6 sessions each week throughout the year)
class size averages 20
about 38% female participation
approximately 150 kids playing each week (15 in 2016)
over 1,500 kids introduced to cricket
one very tired coach!
The Schools Pilot Project shows that indoor cricket can be played at most schools without the need to build facilities and is inexpensive in terms of kit. The appetite of the kids shows that cricket could have a place in modern Mongolia, and that participation is limited only by coaching and funding capacity.
Davaa, our coach has been asked to coach at many more schools, both in UB and the provinces. In order to increase participation we need to train up one or two more coaches and for that we need help!
We believe that with a coaching team of three, we could work with enough kids and PE teachers to enable cricket to grow organically towards its place in Mongolia life.
We have minimal state support and so are looking for long term (3 year) sponsors to help build the coaching team. We need about USD 30,000 per year in total split between a number of sponsors.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help with this.
Mongolian Friendship Cricket Ground
The finest cricket pitch for miles.
In 2019 we thank our sponsors for their contributions so far. Thanks to them and the work of Davaa, our coach, cricket is now spreading beyond Ulaanbaatar with the first few sessions held in Arkhangai, Bayankhongor, Darkhan, Khenti, Umungobi & Uvurkhangai. Having played for less than a year, Bayanhongor Province came second in the National Youth Games in September 2019, after Khan Uul District, which has played for six years now. Davaa has now held over 650 coaching sessions in Mongolia!
We also thank our Friends in Melbourne for hosting him for three weeks in January 2019. It was his first time overseas and he learnt so much about cricket and the spirit of the game, and now teaches what he learnt to the kids.
GREAT thanks to Khasvuu LLC for their very important support of cricket in Darkhan. To Double Check Translation and IARUDI for helping us with translations and accounting support.