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Formerly – ECB Foundation One

Coaching is an enormously rewarding, challenging and crucial role in cricket.

ECB Foundation Coach is a coach development programme and qualification that has been created to help more people take their first steps into coaching cricket.

A blend of e-learning and face-to-face modules led by ECB Coach Developers will explore what coaching looks like, the impact you can have as an ECB Foundation Coach, the skills you can help players to develop and how you can learn from your experiences.

By committing yourself to this programme and becoming a qualified coach you will become an important part of the ECB’s coaching family that works together to help players improve, have fun, be safe and learn at every stage of their development.

For a guide to the Foundation Coach course (including course structure) then please see the link at the bottom of this page.

Programme outcomes

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to coach cricket sessions that are active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe.
An ECB Foundation Coach will be qualified to lead coaching sessions independently and without supervision.
It is now the entry level qualification required to coach cricket.


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

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 17 and over wishing to become qualified to coach cricket, inspire players and make a difference to the game.


  • 4 face-to-face modules lasting 3 hours each
  • 7 bitesize e-learning modules lasting 10-15 minutes each
  • 3 observed coaching opportunities during face-to-face modules and an online multiple choice questionnaire.

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.
Terms and Conditions for this course are available at the base of this page.

Pre-requisites for certification

  • 18 years of age.
  • Valid safeguarding training – this course is included as part of the Foundation Coach course.
  • ECB DBS – We recommend that you have this in place before you start the first practical module. 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 (reviewed on a case-by case basis).

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: £150 per course




Carrington School, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4AD
Thurs 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd Feb 2024 - 6.30 - 9.30pm
Longacre School, Shamley Green, Surrey GU5 0NQ
Wed 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Feb 2024 - 7 - 10pm
Carrington School, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4AD
Sat 10th & 17th Feb 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm
St Peter's School, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2TN
Wed 3rd & Fri 5th Apr 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm
Weydon School, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8UG
Mon 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th Apr 2024 - 6.30 - 9.30pm
Harris Invictus Academy, 88 London Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2T
Thurs 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th June 2024 - 6.30-9.30pm

Women Specific Courses: £150 per course

Course designed specifically for female candidates.




St Peter's School, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2TN
Tues 2nd & Thurs 4th Apr 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm
Downsend School, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8TJ
Thurs 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th July 2024 - 7 - 10pm

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

Related Documents

Terms & ConditionsPicking the Right Course


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