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The Melbourne Cricket Club has a long history of involvement in various sporting competitions in Melbourne through its Sporting Sections.
The Sections date back to 1883 when the Tennis Section was first involved in competition. The date of formation for each Section is listed below:
1883 Tennis Section
1888 Baseball Section (MCC Sporting Section 1888 – 1976 and 1981 – present)
1894 Bowls Section
1896 Lacrosse Section
1900 Target Shooting Section
(Full Bore Rifle Club 1900)
(Small Bore Rifle Club 1971)
(Pistol Club 1972)
(Clay Target Club 2006)
1961 Hockey Section
1968 Squash Section
2003 Golf Section (previously Special Interest Group formed 1998)
2007 Real Tennis Section
2008 Croquet Section (previously Special Interest Group formed 2001)
2009 Football (Melbourne Football Club) (previously a Section 1889-1980)
*NB. Cricket, as a core activity of the club, has not been part of the incorporation process that the Sporting Sections have recently undertaken, but will be impacted by a number of the procedures in the Sporting Sections Manual and may participate in the benefits outlined therein.
Sporting Sections have typically grown from either member demand or merger of existing clubs. There are various arrangements in place with regards to their facilities and grounds.
Incorporation and Affiliation Agreements
In 2006 the Melbourne Cricket Club and each of the Sporting Sections embarked on an exercise to create separately incorporated associations for each Section. This exercise was effectively completed in early 2009.
Prior to this date, all Sporting Section activities were carried out under the Melbourne Cricket Club or as an unincorporated association.
The reasons behind the requirement to separately incorporate each Section are to:
• Provide better governance on the operation of the Sporting Section activities which depending on the Section, have a number of members who are not members of the Melbourne Cricket Club.
• Provide better governance and provide legal protection to the members of the MCC Committee and the committee members of each Sporting Section.
• Better understanding and formal documentation of the relationship between the Melbourne Cricket Club and its Sporting Sections and how it operates.
In addition to each Sporting Section forming its own Constitution they have signed an Affiliation Agreement between the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Section.
Sporting Sections Sub-Committee
The Sporting Sections Sub-Committee meets every two months and the Melbourne Cricket Club provide a Committee member to chair the meetings and a staff member to act as Secretary. The charter for the Sub-Committee is included in the MCC Committee Manual under “Guidelines for Committee Operation and Membership”.
The current purpose of the MCC Foundation includes to sponsor, encourage and promote (including by way of education) the playing of sports.
The MCC Foundation funds any grants, scholarships and other expenses related to MCC Sporting Sections.