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Course Information & FAQs

In 2014 the ECB launched a new programme of courses, all of which are detailed in the drop down menus below. Each drop down also displays highlighted sections of the ECB Coach Development Pathway.

To download the Official Coach Education Programme Guide from the ECB, please click here.

If you are an existing coach and would like to understand more about the changes and the new modules that you can take to develop your existing skills, please click here for the Official ECB Document.

If you have any queries regarding Coach Education or a particular course, please contact Richard Harvey on 01227 473618 or richard.harvey.kent@ecb.co.uk 

Within the drop down menus, click on the Development Pathway image to enlarge it.

Cricket Activator and Coach Support Worker

Course: Cricket Activator
Overview: The Cricket Activator course looks to identify and understand the various roles that make cricket happen, understand the expectations of people in these roles, and understand how to promote cricket to get more people playing more often. It will also signpost attendees to further opportunities to progress as part of the cricket workforce.
Who Should Attend? People wishing to volunteer in any way at all in getting cricket played and played more often.
Minimum Age: Open to all, no upper or lower age limit.
Commitment: Attend a 6 hour workshop.


Course: ECB Coach Support Worker
Overview: Click Here to view a short video from ECB which explains the purpose of the CSW course.
Who Should Attend? Individuals wishing to assist under the direct supervision of ECB qualified coaches in the delivery of high quality practical cricket coaching sessions within a club environment.
Pre-Requisites for Certification: Current DBS and ECB Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate

Minimum Age: 16 
Commitment: Attend a 6 hour workshop.

Level 2: Coaching Children's Cricket

Course: Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Children's Cricket (1st4Sport)
Overview: Coaching children is a challenging and enormously rewarding role within the coaching pathway. Players need expertise, support and passion at every level of their development; this course is designed with your players' needs at its core.

In turn, the experiences, tasks, practices and sharing of ideas which you experience during the course are design to help equip you with the tools you need to meet your players' needs. Just as players learn quickly, so do coaches. The challenge for all coaches is to learn as they develop, just as players do.

Who Should Attend? Coaches who are going to Coach Children from 6 to 13 years of age. They may be new coaches, existing UKCC1/ECB L1 or Young Person and Adult coaches who wish to access ‘child specific’ content.

Minimum Age: 18 years old.

Pre-Requisites for Certification: Emergency 1st Aid certificate, Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate (online course provided)*, current DBS (formerly known as CRB), aged 17 years at least to begin the course and 18 years at Assessment.

Commitment: Coaches will be required to attend 8 x 3 Hour Modules (usually 3 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays) plus 1 integrated practice day 6-8 weeks later, complete ‘off-course’ home-study and online 'E-modules’ tasks in between modules and carry out six sessions of supported practice usually in your own Club Coaching environment prior to the Integrated practice day.

Level 2: Young People and Adults

Course: Level 2: Coaching Young People & Adults Coaching young people and adults is a challenging and enormously rewarding role within the coaching pathway. Players need expertise, support and passion at every level of their development; this course is designed with your player’s needs at its core.

In turn, the experiences, tasks, practices and sharing of ideas which you experience during the course are design to help equip you with the tools you need to meet your players' needs. Just as players learn quickly, so do coaches. The challenge for all coaches is to learn as they develop, just as players do.

Who Should Attend? Coaches who are going to Coach Young People and Adults in ‘Open Age’ Cricket. They may be new coaches, existing UKCC1/ECB L1 or Childrens coaches who wish to access ‘young person and adult specific’ content.

Minimum Age: 18 years old.

Commitment: Coaches will be required to attend 8 x 3 Hour Modules (3 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays plus 1 integrated practice day 6-8 weeks later (previously known as the assessment day), complete ‘off-course’ home-study and online 'E-modules’ tasks in between modules and six sessions of supported practice usually in your own Club Coaching environment prior to the Integrated practice day.

Pre-requisites for Certification: Emergency 1st Aid certificate, Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate, current DBS (formerly known as CRB), aged 17 years at least to begin the course and 18 years at Assessment.

Continual Professional Development (CPD) Modules & Diploma Courses


Coaching Children Modular Courses

Who Should Attend? Coaches who are coaching children from 6 to 13 years of age and have undertaken ECB Certificate in Coaching Children, Existing UKCC2 Coach Award/ECB Level 2 coaches or equivalent who wish to access child specific CPD. (These coaches are able to access CPD from both Child and Young Person and Adult strands)

Options include:
  • ECB Game Based Learning for Children
  • ECB Creating the Learning Climate for Children
  • ECB Skill Development for Children
  • ECB Coaching in Primary Schools

Commitment: Three hour workshops plus 1 home study online ‘E-Module’ per CPD Option (Coaching in Primary Schools 6 Hour workshop plus online E-Module)

Pre-requisites for Certification: ECB Certificate in Coaching Children (or ECB Level 2/UKCC2 equivalent) Emergency 1st Aid Certificate, Safeguarding & Protecting Children, current DBS, aged 17 years at least to begin the course and 18 years at Assessment.

Child Course Diploma Course

Who Should Attend? Coaches who want to develop Child specific expertise who have undertaken and attended all of the Child Coach CPD Workshops other than the Cricket for Teachers Course.

Commitment: Two Days, to include a one-day workshop with break then a Regional Assessment. Some applied home study and on-line E-Learning modules prior to assessment day.

Pre-requisites for Certification: ECB Certificate in Coaching Children (or ECB Level 2/UKCC2 equivalent) Emergency 1st Aid Certificate, Safe Guarding & Protecting Children, current DBS, aged 18 years at least to begin the course and Assessment. Those who have undertaken, attended and completed all of the Child Coach CPD Workshops and on-line E-Learning other than the Cricket for Teachers Course.

Young People & Adults Modular Courses

Who Should Attend? Coaches who are coaching young people and adults ‘open age cricket’ and have undertaken ECB Certificate in coaching Young people and Adults, Existing UKCC2 Coach Award/ECB Level 2 coaches or equivalent who wish to access Young People and Adult specific CPD. (These coaches are able to access CPD from both Child and Young Person and Adult strands).

Options include:
  • ECB Performance and Video Analysis
  • ECB Training Interventions and Methods
  • ECB Coaching Teams
  • ECB Coaching in Secondary Schools
Commitment: Three hour workshops plus 1 home study online ‘E-Module’ per CPD Option (Coaching in Secondary Schools 6 Hour workshop plus online E-Module)

Pre-requisites for Certification: ECB Certificate in Coaching Young People and Adults (or ECB Level 2/UKCC2 equivalent) Emergency 1st Aid Certificate, Safeguarding & Protecting Children, current DBS, aged 17 years at least to begin the course and 18 years at Assessment.

Young Person and Adult Diploma Course

Who Should Attend? Coaches who want to develop Young Person and Adult specific expertise who have undertaken and attended all of the Young Person and Adult Coach CPD Workshops other than the Cricket for Teachers Course.

Commitment: Two Days, to include a one day workshop with break then a Regional Assessment. Some applied home study and on-line E-Learning modules prior to assessment day.

Pre-requisites for Certification: ECB Certificate in Coaching Young People and Adults (or ECB Level 2/UKCC2 equivalent) Emergency 1st Aid Certificate, Safeguarding & Protecting Children, current DBS, aged 18 years at least to begin the course and Assessment. Those who have undertaken, attended and completed all of the Young Person and Adult Coach CPD Workshops and on-line E-Learning other than the Cricket for Teachers Course.

Courses for Teachers

Course: Cricket For Teachers: Primary
Overview: The programme will help teachers, teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants and other adults supporting learning within schools understand how cricket can be used to deliver high-quality PE and school sport and introduce the power and versatility of the New Howzat! resource.
Who Should Attend? Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Student Teachers and other Adults supporting learning within Key Stage Two 7 to 11 year olds in schools.
Committment: Attend a 4 hour workshop.

Course: Cricket For Teachers: Secondary
Overview: The programme will help teachers, teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants and other adults supporting learning within schools understand how cricket can be used to deliver high quality PE and school sport and introduce the power and versatility of the New Howzat! resource.
Who Should Attend? Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Student Teachers and other Adults supporting learning within Secondary Schools.
Committment: Attend a 4 hour workshop.

Level 3: Performance Coaching


The ECB’s Performance Coach Development Programme is part of ECB Elite Coach Development. It consists of the Performance Coach Course (UKCC3) and a programme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) resources available to the qualified UKCC3 coach.

Qualified coaches can access a specialist 'Performance Coach Hub' which provides articles, features, and information on coaching and player development as well as being the platform through which UKCC3 coaches can communicate with each other and ECB can make coaches aware of local, regional or national events.

Applications for the Performance Coach Course (UKCC3) now take place online and must be approved by an endorsing body prior to application. Kent Cricket are an approved endorsing body for the UKCC3. Please note that it is the candidates responsibility to make sure that they have read the ECB application guidelines, completed Part A of the application form and nominate an endorser for their application. The endorser will only endorse your application if you meet the application criteria and are deemed suitable for the Performance Coach Course. If the endorser is unable to support your application they will make contact with you. The endorser must be somebody from Kent Cricket.

Applications are encouraged from coaches working in the following areas (male and female):
  • County Age Group U13 and above
  • Emerging Players Programme
  • County Academy Programme
  • County Professional Programme
  • England Men's and Women's Development Programmes.
  • For further course information please see the course outline.
Next course - January 2017

Applications for the next Performance Coach Course are now open. This course begins in January 2017. The online application form is available on the ECB webpage until Thursday October 13th 2016http://level3application.ecb.co.uk/ 

Before applying please make sure that you have read all detail provided on this page, as well as the information that the ECB provides on the application link.  The course is frequently oversubscribed for places. Candidates must therefore meet the outlined criteria before being endorsed by Kent Cricket. Kent Cricket cannot endorse an applicant unless all criteria is met. 

For further information please see the ECB application page or contact Heidi Coleman.

Overseas Candidates

Individuals who are not UK, EEA or Swiss Nationals require a visa to enter the UK and are subject to immigration rules and certain conditions. Specifically, individuals who have entered the UK on a General Visitor Visa or a Sports Visitor Visa are not allowed to study on a course in the UK under the conditions of their entry to the UK.

If you are not a UK, EEA or Swiss national, you should provide:

  1. A copy of the relevant visa confirming you are allowed to study in the UK; either under a Tier 4 visa or other such equivalent document/s such as a Tier 5 ECB Governing Body Endorsement.
  2. A Non-UK Resident Vetting form. This can be downloaded from the ECB Website
  3. Police Check /Certificate of Good Conduct from their Overseas Country (obtained at least three months before departure from the country of issue)
  4. A copy of the photo page of their passport
These documents should all be sent through to safeguarding@ecb.co.uk at the earliest possible time. Once the Safeguarding Team are satisfied that the individual may work with children in cricket, they will then make a manual entry on the database, 'vetting' the individual until the 30th September, the end of the season.

Please note that any individuals who complete a coaching course in breach of their conditions of entry in to the UK will not be vetted by the ECB and will not be issued with a certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • There is no Level 1 course, what should I do?
    The replacement course for UKCC Level 1 is called the 'Coach Support Worker' course and is an ECB qualification. It is aimed at parent helpers who do not wish to qualify as a coach but who want to help out in the organisation and delivery of coaching sessions. If you would like to gain a formal qualification to coach the Certificate Courses are the first step on the coaching pathway.

  • There are two Level 2 Certificate Courses, which course should I attend?
    The courses are designed to train and educate coaches working in specific environments. If you are going to be coaching players aged 13 or younger you should go for the Certificate in Coaching Children and if you are working with players aged 14 and above you should go for the Certificate in Coaching Young People and Adults.

  • I coach both age groups, should I attend both courses?
    If you are working with players across all age ranges we suggest that you select the course based on where you coach the majority of the time. There is nothing stopping you from attending both courses but this is not a necessity from a qualification point of view. The coach, once qualified, can then coach in either age group.

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