Women's performance cricket
At the High Performance level Loughborough MCCU is for those who seek a potential professional career in Cricket. Loughborough offers the best training and playing facilities of any University in the Country
Loughborough MCCU provides students with an environment where those with special cricketing talent and ambitions to play International or Kia Super League cricket can find the very best support, coaching and facilities to develop their sporting careers and ambitions, whilst also realising their full academic potential, in an almost unique sports-oriented education environment.
The Loughborough Cricket Centre of Excellence Programme also boasts a full range of Sports Science support, Technical Analysis, Strength & Conditional support, and Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy services. Find out more about our team.
The Loughborough MCCU B, which is carefully integrated with the MCCU, caters for the very best student cricketers who are at Women’s County Cricket level. The Clubs team plays in the Midlands 1A league.
Loughborough Lightning KSL
Currently in its third year, female cricketers at Loughborough University also have the opportunity to play for Loughborough Lightning in the English Kia Super League. The Lightning side boasts a wealth of world class players including Australia’s Ellyse Perry and is currently led up by Head Coach Rob Taylor.
The Kia Super League is a semi-professional women's cricket competition in England and Wales that began with its inaugural season in 2016. It launched with six teams playing in a Twenty20 format. The KSL is to be expanded starting from 2018 with each of the six teams to play ten group-stage games as opposes to five.
Head Women’s Cricket Coach
Rob graduated from Loughborough in 2012 and went on to play for Leicestershire CCC and Scotland until 2016. In his professional career, he played a total of 172 matches with highlights including playing in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia & New Zealand.
Since finishing his professional Career, Rob completed his Level 3 Coaching qualification. He joined the coaching team at Loughborough in 2016 working on the Loughborough MCCU men’s and women’s schemes. During the 2017 season Rob was fielding coach of the Loughborough Lightning and took over as Head Coach in June 2018.
Loughborough Women’s Cricket is proud to boast a wealth of notable alumni, many of whom have gone on to represent their country. Below are some of the famous faces who have previously worn the purple shirt;
- Lauren Winfield
- Tammy Beaumont
- Nat Sciver
- Georgia Elwiss
- Beth Langston
- Amy Jones
- Tash Farrent
- Anya Shrubsole
- Lydia Greenway
- Becky Grundy
- Linsey Smtih
- Hollie Armitage
For our most exceptional performance cricket players, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.
MCCUs are designed to benefit cricketers with the potential to play International or Super League cricket. In some cases, applicants may have already played Super League, England Academy or Senior Academy Level, by the time they reach University. Although a representative background is more favourable, the MCCU is open to any cricketer who has followed the correct ‘How to apply’ steps.
Applicants should note that these are Centre’s of Excellence and only the very best young cricketers, who have the potential and commitment to develop and progress into Women’s Cricket, are considered. However, those good young cricketers immediately below this standard may also benefit from attendance at Institutions where there are MCCUs, since the facilities for Cricket and the coaching will invariably be far better than other academic institutions. At Loughborough for example, we actively support the development of players in the MCCU B squad immediately below the MCCU team, which also benefits from experienced and highly qualified coaches (but a less intensive programme), in order to ensure that emerging or late developing talent is recognised and encouraged.
How can they become Lightning players?
Any player in the MCCU Scheme has the opportunity to become a Lightning player. The Loughborough Women’s Cricket Programme has evolved into an aspirational pathway that offers opportunity to those who have ability and accept every element cricket as a lifestyle. Those who adopt this lifestyle are the ones who will most likely play Super League cricket. It’s not necessarily where you are as a cricketer when you arrive, it’s about what you can achieve with the right support.
For all player enquiries please email the Head Coach, Rob Taylor.