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Cardiff Met’s MCCU Head Coach Heads Stateside to Promote Cricket


Mark O'Leary during his recent cricket tour to the USA.

The University’s MCCU Head Cricket Coach Mark O’Leary has coached local American cricket teams during a recent MCC tour to the USA.  

Mark O’Leary has been Head Coach of the Cardiff South Wales MCCU (Marylebone Cricket Club) and Lecturer at Cardiff School of Sport since 2013, and has recently achieved the ECB’s highest qualification, Elite Master Coach UKCC Level 4 status.

The six UK university centres based at Cardiff, Loughborough, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Leeds, each receive annual funding from the MCC to support  students who play first class cricket and female students who have played to international and senior county level.  

The overarching purpose of the MCCU is to give talented young cricketers the chance to develop their abilities in a high quality coaching environment, in addition to enrolling on one of a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer at Cardiff Met, Cardiff and South Wales Universities. The MCCU centre at Cardiff aims to secure first class cricketers with first class degrees.

The MCC works closely with the ICC (International Cricket Council) to maximize the game’s international appeal and to assist national teams in developing One-Day International and Test Match status.

This most recent American MCC tour included visits to New York, Florida and Indianapolis. Mark played cricket as well as coaching young aspiring cricketers.

In New York, he coached young players and assisted in fielding practice sessions with the USA National Team, while also using the opportunity to establish links with Cardiff Met.

Mark said: “It was a fantastic trip that allowed us to see how cricket was developing in the USA. To be able to play and coach in a variety of environments was a great experience and it was a trip of a lifetime.

“I really enjoyed being able to coach in small communities that may never have had the opportunity to work with a UK ECB Level 4 qualified coach. I am pleased that we were able to meet so many new people, which will help us build a positive relationship with, and build a link between, the USA and Cardiff Met in the cricket world.”