Community members at the MCG

Our Community Partners

The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), as managers of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Australian Sports Museum, is committed to providing meaningful support to the community we operate in.

The MCC Foundation, a company limited by Guarantee and a not for profit entity, provides financial support to various community sport activities and programs. The MCC Foundation is passionate about providing all people access to sport, and the promotion and development of sport throughout communities.

Having invested in facilities and amenities for the use and enjoyment of members and the Club’s 13 sporting sections, in recent years the MCC Foundation partnered with Elwood College and Beaumaris Secondary College to develop grounds which benefit both students and local community groups outside of school hours.

The Foundation is proud to partner with a number of organisations whose values align with these core aims, providing each with significant support and ongoing opportunities.

Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia is part of a global sporting community providing people with an intellectual disability an opportunity to participate in sport.

Since February 2019, the MCC Foundation has been a major partner of Special Olympics Australia, with a focus on providing access and encouraging participation in sport.

The partnership has so far seen support of a number of Special Olympics Australia initiatives, including hosting Special Olympic athletes and administrators to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability at the MCG with a private tour and skills session on the hallowed turf.

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Bachar Houli Foundation

The Bachar Houli Foundation, created by Richmond premiership star, Bachar Houli, aims to support social cohesion by fostering young Muslims, both male and female, with a sense of belonging through sport, employment opportunities and education programs.

Since joining the program as a founding partner in July 2019, the MCC Foundation has been able to support the foundation through access to the MCG for the Bachar Houli Academy, including the inaugural match of the Jolson-Houli Cup on the hallowed turf the day after the 2019 AFL Grand Final.

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Santa Teresa Oval Project

In a small, isolated Indigenous community 80km south-east of Alice Springs is the town of Santa Teresa.

The Santa Teresa Oval Project is a joint venture between Melbourne Football Club and Atyenhenge Atherre Aboriginal Corporation to re-grass the town’s clay red dirt oval.

The dust kicked up from the red dirt presents challenges for the local school, situated next to the oval, who would like to use it for their students’ sporting activities. Challenges include the dust becoming hazardous to those with breathing difficulties and anecdotally being linked to the increase in eye disease (Trachoma) cases.

The state of the oval has also made programs such as AFL Auskick or athletics near impossible to implement with any consistency as dust-settling rain is only expected for one to three weeks of a year.

The MCC Foundation became a major partner of the Project in August 2019, providing watering facilities to the ground, as well as donating a MCG mower the Project.

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Other events and partnerships at the MCG

As ground managers of the MCG, the MCC has partnered with Melbourne City Mission since 2012 to host their flagship fundraising activity, Sleep at the ‘G. All funds raised from the annual event go to supporting the thousands of young Victorians facing homelessness on any given night.

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The MCC also works with key stakeholders and their partners to provide support for initiatives such as Freeze MND’s The Big Freeze at the ‘G and the Breast Cancer Network Australia Field of Women.

Local Community Support

In addition to these larger partnerships, the MCC endeavours to also support community groups and local organisations that align with the Club’s values through the donation of vouchers for visits to the Australian Sports Museum and MCG Tours.

To find out more or to submit a donation request, visit our Donation Requests page.