Welcome to our Coach Development page. Below you can find information regarding the courses offered by Kent Cricket and the ECB – we look forward to supporting you in becoming or developing as a Coach.

If you have any questions regarding courses, Coach Education or certificates please contact Matt or Shireen.


Upcoming Courses

Need help deciding which course is best for you? Click here to view the ECB Course Comparison Guide. or see our course information further down.


ECB Support Coach- Bromley – Monday 29th January 2024, 6.00 – 9.00pm

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ECB Support Coach- Tunbridge Wells – Wednesday 6th March, 6.00 – 9.00pm

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ECB Foundation Coach- Canterbury – Saturday 3rd & 10th February 2024, 09.30 – 4.00pm

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ECB Foundation Coach- Beckenham – Saturday 2nd & 9th March 2024, 09.30 – 4.00pm

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ECB Foundation Coach- Tunbridge Wells – Monday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th March 18.00 – 21.00

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ECB Core Coach- Bromley – Saturday 24th February, 2nd, 9th & 16th March 2024 9.30 – 4.00pm

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ECB Core Coach- Faversham – Sunday 25th February, 3rd, 10th & 24th March 2024 9.30 – 4.00pm

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ECB Core Coach- Maidstone – Sunday 14th, 21st & 28th April & 5th May 2024 9.30 – 4.00pm

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Can’t find a suitable course? Please complete the expression of interest form below and we will contact you when courses are available.

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Course Information

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to support qualified coaches and enhance player experience.

An ECB Support Coach is not qualified to lead coaching sessions independently and therefore must be supervised by a qualified cricket coach.

The Support Coach course is ideal for those looking to assist coaches at clubs, volunteers, parent helpers and young players looking to take their first steps towards coaching.

ECB Support Coach Course Guide

The programme consists of three modules in total; two bite sized e-learning modules are integrated with one face-to-face module.

Content

  • Supporting coaches and players
  • icoachcricket
  • Communicating with coaches and players
  • Supporting fielding, bowling, and batting
  • Safety
  • Differentiation

Pre-Requisites: A current ECB DBS (or overseas equivalent) and ECB Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators certificate (these not required before attending the course).

Minimum Age: 16 to attend the course

Commitment: 2 e-Learning modules (15 mins approx.) and 3-hour face-to-face module

Cost: £40.00 per candidate

Certification: Certificates are issued by the ECB upon completion of the pre-requisites, attendance at module 2, and passing Multiple-Choice Questionnaire (part of e-Learning)


Interested in hosting this course at your own club? Please email us to enquire further.

For more information, please contact Community Admin.

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to coach cricket sessions that are active, purposeful, enjoyable, and safe.

ECB Foundation Coach will become the first entry point for ‘coach status’ in cricket.

An ECB Foundation Coach will be qualified to lead coaching sessions independently and without supervision.

The Foundation Course is ideal for those looking to coach at clubs and schools for younger children (under 11) and is also a great first step for anyone looking to become a coach, it will give you the foundations to develop further as a coach. The course covers the basics of ‘technique’ and how to coach skills enabling you to run fun sessions and develop players.

ECB Foundation Coach Course Guide

The programme consists of eleven modules in total; seven bite sized e-learning modules are integrated with four face-to-face modules.

Content

  • Role of an ECB Foundation Coach
  • What does coaching look like?
  • iCoachCricket
  • Coaching fielding, bowling, and batting
  • Foundation principles – fielding, bowling, and batting
  • Coaching tools
  • Purposeful sessions
  • Safe sessions
  • Active sessions
  • Enjoyable sessions
  • Differentiation e-learning module

There are three observed coaching sessions and an online multiple-choice questionnaire that support the learner in meeting all the assessment criteria. Each observation carries equal weighting and there is no single final assessment.


Pre-Requisites: A current ECB DBS (or overseas equivalent) and ECB Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators certificate. An Emergency First Aid certificate is highly recommended (these are not required before attending the course).

Minimum Age: 17 to attend course, certificate provided once candidate is 18

Commitment: 7 online modules (approx. 10-15 mins each), 4 x 3 hour face-to-face modules (normally delivered as 2  full days)

Cost: £150.00 per candidate

Certification: Certificates are issued by the 1st4Sport upon completion of the pre-requisites, attendance at modules 5,6,10 and 11, showing competence during coaching observations and passing Multiple-Choice Questionnaire (part of e-learning)


Interested in hosting this course at your own club? Please email us to enquire further.

For more information, please contact Community Admin..

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead player-centred coaching sessions.

ECB Core Coach is an entry point for new coaches in cricket – you do not have to complete the ECB Foundation Coach course beforehand, however the Foundation course is hugely beneficial, particularly if you have no experience of coaching or dealing with groups of players.

An ECB Core Coach will be qualified to lead coaching sessions independently and without supervision

The Core Coach Course will give you skills to design and plan activities with the players needs at heart and develop your knowledge of the Core Principles of technique. It is ideal for those wishing to progress their coaching from the Foundation Course, those with previous experience of coaching (as a player or coach), volunteers looking to coach players 11+, or those interested in coaching as a potential career option.

ECB Core Coach Course Guide

The programme will consist of fourteen modules in total; six e-learning modules are integrated with eight face-to-face modules.

Content

  • Role of an ECB Core Coach
  • iCoachCricket
  • Player-centred planning process
  • Player development
  • Core principles – batting, bowling (pace and spin), fielding and wicketkeeping
  • Tactical, physical and mental skills
  • Coaching tools
  • Practice types
  • Safety
  • Differentiation

Learners are assessed at various points during the programme. An online multiple choice assessment after module 6, observed coaching sessions in module 7 and 14 and three short answer questions submitted prior to module 14.


Pre-Requisites: A current ECB DBS (or overseas equivalent) and ECB Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators certificate. An Emergency First Aid certificate is highly recommended (these are not required before attending the course).

Minimum Age: 17 to attend course, certificate provided once candidate is 18

Commitment: 6 online modules (approx. 10-15 mins each), 8 x 3 hour face-to-face modules (normally delivered as 4 full days)

Cost: £300.00 per candidate

Certification: Certificates are issued by the 1st4Sport upon completion of the pre-requisites, attendance at all face-to-face modules, showing competence during coaching observations and passing Multiple-Choice Questionnaire (part of e-learning)


Interested in hosting this course at your own club? Please email us to enquire further.

For more information, please contact Community Admin.

Players need coaches with expertise, support, and passion at every stage of their development. At all levels of the game coaches can make a difference to a player’s experience and help them enhance their performance. The course has been designed with a bigger online and virtual presence, providing knowledge, skills and confidence to develop your coaching for individuals, units and teams.

An ECB Advanced Coaching qualification (formerly Level 3) is recommended to anyone who is already Level 2 qualified and working with players and teams across all playing environments.


Pre-Requisites: A current ECB DBS (or equivalent) and ECB Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators certificate.

Commitment: Attendance at a virtual selection event, 9 e-Learning modules, 5 face-to-face modules (split over 2 blocks of 2 days, 4 days total) and  6 coaching activities within your own coaching environment.

Click here for more information from the ECB.


Advanced Coach Courses are organised centrally by ECB not Kent Cricket.

If you are interested in applying for 2024, you can register your interest via this ECB form.

Prerequisites and renewable certificates

All new coaches will need to complete an ECB DBS check (or overseas equivalent if not permanent UK resident) and Safeguarding Training before they are awarded their coaching certificate, these DO NOT have to be completed prior to attending the course.

First aid is no longer a requirement to be certified as a coach but highly recommended for all active coaches.

Active coaches need to renew their certificates periodically to ensure they are compliant and qualified to coach- if your certificates are out of date you should not be coaching, clubs should keep records of coaches certificates but ultimately it is up to the coach to ensure they are fully up to date.

Validity periods 

  • DBS check- 1 year – NOT 3 years as stated on hard copy (if you join the DBS update service  it will be re-checked by ECB annually, they will email or write to you when this is happening- please ensure you check this email for any actions required.)
  • Safeguarding Training – 3 years
  • First Aid Training – 3 years

Renewable Certificates

All active Coaches must have an ECB DBS. It must be an ECB DBS; the ECB will not accept DBS checks from another organisation.

To initiate a DBS, contact your Club ID Verifier, CSO or if you are a member of the ACO, the ACO secretary and ask them to “initiate” a DBS for you. If you cannot find anyone at your club able to do this, email Community Admin and ask them to initiate a DBS.

When the check is initiated you will be emailed a link to complete the application online. Not received your link? Check your spam folder, they are often filtered out.

Once you have completed your DBS application form you will need to meet with a verifier and show them 3 original documents (chosen when you completed the form). They will then complete the verification and submit your DBS.  Your DBS will usually be issued within a week or two, but they can take up to 2 months or more.

Validity- 1 Year

Your ECB DBS check is valid for 1 year from the date of issue- NOT 3 years as stated on the hard copy certificate. After 1 year you will show as expired on ECB systems and have to repeat the application process again- UNLESS you join the DBS update service- see below.

DBS Update Service- Highly Recommended!

You will be given the option to opt in to the DBS Update Service. If you do this, you will not be required to complete another DBS in the future (unless your criminal record changes). This MUST be done within 30 days of your DBS being issued.

Your DBS will be re-checked by the ECB annually, they will email and/or write to you before they do this- please read this carefully as there may be actions required.

You can opt out at any stage in the future if you are no longer involved with cricket.

Volunteers

The ECB do not charge for volunteers for DBS checks. If you are a volunteer coach please ensure you select this during the application process and it will be completely free as well as free access to the update service- if you are paid for coaching by a club or another organisation eg, school, local authority, coaching supplier, you will need to apply for a paid role.

Paid Coaches

The initial paid DBS check will cost £35, then £13 annually to remain on the update service.

If you have applied for a paid role DBS, you will need to register with the DBS to opt in to the Update Service, as well as join the ECB update service (above). This MUST be done within 30 days of the issue of the disclosure. When you log on, when you see “Application Reference Number” – choose – “Use my Certificate Number instead”. The DBS charge £13 a year for paid roles to be members of the Update Service. The ECB do not make any charges.

All overseas player/coaches from outside the EEA have to ensure they comply with UK Borders Agency requirements, obtain the correct VISA and get Governing Body endorsement. We cannot offer advice, but guidance can be sought from the ECB website.

All overseas player/coaches from EEA or non-EEA countries will need to complete the ECB Vetting procedure. In order to do this they must complete a Non-UK Resident Vetting Form.

With the ECB Non-UK vetting form the applicant will need to supply (1) a Police Check / Certificate of Good Conduct from the Overseas Country issued within the last 3 months and (2) a copy of the photo page of their passport and (3) a copy of their visa (if applicable).

NB – They should obtain the Police Check BEFORE they leave their country; it is much easier and in some countries this can only be applied for face-to-face.

For information on how to obtain a Police Check / Certificate of Good Conduct from the Overseas Country please click here.

ECB (UKBA) Health and Safety Assessment

Part of your visa application may include providing evidence of booking on to the ECB Health and Safety Assessment.

For enquiries about the ECB (UKBA) Health & Safety Assessment please contact Community Admin

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, so whatever your role in cricket, everyone should understand the importance of keeping children, young people and adults safe.  We want everyone at your club to have a good awareness of safeguarding and good practice to help develop confidence to provide the best environment for your members, to challenge poor practice and report appropriately.

Coaches need to complete the online e-Learning Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators course before they are certified AND renew this every 3 years.

Safeguarding for Specialist Roles (SSR)

This free online training is designed to support individuals in cricket who have specialist roles working with children and young people.  It is made up of one 60-minute module, suitable for all roles with children, and four shorter bolt on modules of about 20 minutes:

  • Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators
  • Safeguarding for Captains and Team Managers
  • Safeguarding for Umpires and Scorers
  • Safeguarding for Committee Members and Club Safeguarding Officers.

Once you have completed the one hour module, you should complete the shorter module that best reflects your role. Whilst there is only a requirement to complete one top-up module, you are welcome to complete as many as you wish.

Coaches- Please note this replaces the Safeguarding Young Cricketers course (SYC) and this new course is mandatory for coaches to complete every 3 years to comply with Safe Hands and Clubmark requirements.  When you are due to renew your SYC training, please complete this course.

Who is the training for? 

Coaches, Activators, Captains, Team Managers, Umpires, Scorers, Committee Members and Club Safeguarding Officers – although anyone can complete it.

How long is it valid for?

3 years

How do I access the training?

If you already have an ECB e learning account, please log on and you will find the course available to complete in the safeguarding courses section.  Please do not sign up for a new e learning account if you already have one, as records do not automatically get combined.

Go To E-Learning

Find out more about Safeguarding here

Although First Aid is no longer a requirement for coaches to be qualified, we highly recommended that ALL coaches hold a valid First Aid certificate, as there MUST be a trained first aider present during ALL cricket training sessions and events (including softball sessions and 1-1’s).

The minimum requirement is an Emergency First Aid Course (3 hours) that provides you with a certificate valid for 3 years. We offer a number of First Aid courses throughout the year.

To book on this course, please select from the following available:

Canterbury – Tuesday 6th February 2024 18.30 – 21.30

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Beckenham – Monday 19th February 2024 18.30 -21.30

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Canterbury – Monday 15th April 2024 18.30 – 21.30

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Beckenham – Wednesday 24th April 2024 18.30 – 21.30

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Can’t find a suitable course? Please register your interest in attending a First Aid course here:

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Please note, participants must be a minimum of 16 years old to register for this course.


There are a number of providers throughout Kent who offer First Aid courses. If you complete a course with another provider please send a copy of your certificate to Community Admin so that we can update your records.

If at any point you require a replacement First Aid certificate from a course you completed through Kent Cricket, this can be arranged for you by contacting Community Admin. Please note there will be a £5.00 charge for this.

For further information, please contact Community Admin.

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