Kieran Bull, a First Year BSc Sports Management student at Cardiff Met is currently representing Glamorgan CCC in the LV County Championship game against Kent CCC, with play ending tomorrow (Wednesday).
Kieran, who is in his first year at the University, is also part of the MCCU scheme, which is based at Cardiff Met and is one of six University Centre's of Cricketing Excellence supported by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Cardiff MCC University provides emerging professional cricketers with the opportunity of studying for a while developing their cricketing skills in a professional coaching environment. Cardiff MCCU, which includes Cardiff Met, Cardiff University and University of South Wales students. The other five MCCU centres in the UK are Loughborough, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Leeds.
The MCCU scheme is beginning its fifteenth year and has produced 25% of current and recent County contracted players, according to a recent English Cricket Board survey of professional cricketers eligible to play for England. Kieran Bull joins a long list Cardiff MCCU players to have become professional cricketers representing counties in first class games, including Cardiff Met's, Alex Jones, Will Owen, Chris Ashling, Ian Thomas, Adam Harrison, who all play and have played for Glamorgan
Other Cardiff Met accolades include Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Matthew Hobden (Sussex), Fabian Cowdrey (Kent), Jack Leach (Somerset), Rory Burns (Surrey) and Tom Allin (Warwickshire.)
Cardiff University students Mark Pitinni, James Tomlinson and Will Jones play for Essex, Hampshire and Leicestershire where USW's Daniel Rowe also plays.
Cardiff MCCU Head Coach Mark O'Leary is also a member of staff at Cardiff Met and is delighted with Kieran's progress since enrolling at the university from his hometown of Pembrokeshire. He said: "Kieran has worked really hard since starting at Cardiff Met and has applied himself to his academic work and all aspects of cricket.
"He has undoubted ability and has shown he is capable of performing at the highest level. As an off-spin bowler, Kieran has matured really well this season and produced some notable performances for the MCCU and Glamorgan CCC 2nd X1 and has earned himself a place in Glamorgan's first team to play against former Cardiff Met student Fabian Cowdrey. Kieran joins Cardiff Met's 2014 BSc Sports Coaching graduate Andrew Salter who has also become a regular Glamorgan 1st team player this season, having made his first class debut for the county last year.
"Kieran's on-field success adds to the close relationship Cardiff MCCU has with Glamorgan CCC. And, with an exciting cohort of Glamorgan 2nd XI and academy players confirmed to begin graduate programmes at Cardiff Met, the university's close association with Glamorgan CCC is providing future opportunities for talented Welsh cricketers to achieve a university degree and play professional sport."