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The ECB Core Coach programme is an entry level qualification for coaching cricket in England & Wales alongside ECB Foundation I Coach.

This programme is one part of a wider strategic response to needing more coaches on the ground able to inspire and develop players.

ECB Core Coach has replaced the ECB Certificate in Coaching Children’s Cricket and ECB Certificate in Coaching Young People and Adults’ (Level Two) Cricket provision.

ECB Core Coach is a blend of e-learning and face-to-face modules led by ECB Coach Developers will explore the player-centred planning process, player development.

Programme outcomes

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

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


  • Role of an ECB Core Coach
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  • Player-centred planning process
  • Player development
  • Core principles – batting, bowling (pace and spin), fielding and wicketkeeping
  • Tactical knowledge, physical fundamentals and mental skills
  • The coaching tools
  • The continuum of practice
  • Safety
  • Differentiation

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 17 and over wishing to become qualified to coach cricket, inspire and develop players and make a difference to the game.
Experience of playing or coaching cricket is desirable but not essential when applying for this programme.


  • 8 face-to-face modules lasting 3 hours each including 2 observed coaching opportunities
  • 6 bitesize e-learning modules lasting 15-20 minutes each
  • Multiple choice question assessment
  • Short answer question assessment

Please note that missing any of the face-to-face modules may result in candidates losing their course fee and not being able to complete the course.
Please see Terms and Conditions at the base of this page.

Pre-requisites for certification

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid safeguarding training e.g. ECB Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators
  • ECB DBS – We recommend that you have this in place before you start the course. If you do not have a cricket specific DBS or it has expired, please be aware that the ECB operates an online system. Please check with your club’s Safeguarding Officer to find out if they have an online verifier who can initiate the process for you, otherwise please contact us.

Completion of all modules on the course and venue you are registered for is mandatory to complete the qualification. Only in exceptional circumstances will you be able to switch course/venue. Please be aware that flexibility will no longer be considered for those stating holiday as a reason for non-attendance.

Before booking onto a course we highly recommend taking a look at the ‘Picking the Right Course’ document available at the bottom of this page, which will help you decide the most suitable course for you.

Bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship, female participants, those with a physical or learning disability or those from an ethnically diverse background. Further details available here.

Course Dates: £300 per course




Rodborough School, Milford, Surrey GU8 5BZ
Sun 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Feb2024 - 9.30am-4.30pm
Rutlish School, London SW20 9AD
Sat 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd Mar 2024 - 9.30am-4.30pm
Rutlish School, London SW20 9AD
Sun 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th Mar 2024 - 9.30am-4.30pm
Farnham Heath End School, Farnham, Surrey GU9 9BN
Sat 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Apr 2024 - 12.30-7.30pm
Rodborough School, Milford, Surrey GU8 5BZ
Sun 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th May 2024 - 9.30am-4.30pm
Dunottar School, High Trees Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7EL
Sun 30th June, 7th, 14th & 21st July 2024 - 9.30am-4.30pm

Women Specific Course: £300 per course

Course designed specifically for female candidates.





If you have any questions relating to the courses, please get in touch with Alastair Hughes.

Related Documents

Terms & Conditions - ECB Core CoachPicking the Right Course


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