Coach Development

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ECB Coach Development supports the development of coaches at all levels of the game, to ensure they’re able to provide players with the best possible experience of playing cricket and the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of the game to help them fulfil their potential.

The ECB offers a range of world-leading learning experiences and qualifications to suit people coaching at all levels of the game, from those volunteering at their local club to professional coaches working in an elite, international environment.

All of the courses are designed around the players you work with and their stage of development. Our 2022-23 Winter programme featuring ECB Support Coach, Foundation I and Core Coach courses is set to be launched in mid-October. Dates and booking links will be listed below. 

2022-23 Course Programme

Our 2022-23 Winter programme featuring ECB Support Coach, Foundation I and Core Coach courses is now live. 

ECB Support Coach

  • £20
  • 1 face to face module lasting 3 hours
  • 2 bitesize e-learning modules
  • Aged 16+
  • Dates to follow. 

ECB Foundation I Coach

  • £150
  • 4 face to face module lasting 3 hours
  • 7 bitesize e-learning modules
  • Aged 17+

ECB Core Coach

  • £300
  • 8 face to face module lasting 3 hours
  • 6 bitesize e-learning modules
  • Aged 17+
  • Bookings to open later in the year. Please complete Expression of Interest by clicking links below. 

Funding Sources

Core Coach

Foundation 1

Clubs outside the Southampton/Portsmouth unitary authority areas may wish to contact their borough/district council Sports Development Officers or equivalent as some areas may also run their own schemes and/or be aware of other local funding sources.

If the funding body requires confirmation of any information, please contact Simon Jones, Cricket Development Manager (Clubs).

Bursary Support

Funding by the England and Wales Cricket Trust to offer bursaries that support the following groups:

  • Women
  • People from ethnically diverse communities
  • People with disabilities

Eligibility for bursary funding

  • The individual must be associated with a club whose primary affiliation/membership is to Hampshire Cricket Board. If you primarily affiliate to another county cricket board/foundation please reach out to them to see if there is any funding available.
  • Register/pay to attend any of the course prior to the 31st January 2023 (learners can attend a course beyond the 31st Jan but must have registered before this date)

Learners are expected to pay up front for the course and upon completion of their course, they will be refunded the appropriate amount – Completion is defined as: 

  • Have an ECB DBS at the point of completing all on course/online modules
  • Attend all dates of the course/achieve competency as per the qualification standards
  • Complete the associated online safeguarding and multiple choice module/questionnaire

The bursary will be allocated to the person who made the original payment

Due to the increased growth of female participation within the county we focussed our bursary funding application to the Trust to drive further opportunities to women and girls to access courses and we are able to offer some unique opportunities:

  • ECB Foundation I for female participants – First come, first serve – Full bursary on offer for a maximum of 18 participants (course fee £150)
  • ECB Core Coach Course for female participants – First come, first serve – Full bursary on offer for a maximum of 18 participants (course fee £300)
  • Learners must be 17 years of age to access these courses and learners will not be qualified to coach, independently until their 18th birthday.

Remaining bursaries will be provided at 50%, on a first come, first serve basis for all other ECB Foundation I and Core Coach courses to the groups mentioned above.

To submit a bursary application please contact John Cook

Please note that additional bespoke opportunities are being planned to support people attending/contributing to our Lord Taverner’s/other associated community programmes/partnerships (specific to people with disabilities and people from ethnically diverse communities).

Additional Funding Opportunities

Please see details of additional funding opportunities for not only coaches but officials and other volunteers through our local physical activity partnership – Energise Me - 


All coaches and adult supervisors (to) have the relevant insurance cover, first aid and safeguarding training.

Clubmark Criteria, England and Wales Cricket Board

Safeguarding Young Cricketers

Coach Support Workers and coaches working with players under 18 (as at 1st September of the preceding year) must obtain or renew their safeguarding qualification every three years. 

To renew Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC) online please contact John Cook.

DBS Checks

Coach Support Workers and coaches working with players under 18 (as at 1st September of the preceding year) must obtain or renew an ECB Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate every three years - to obtain a DBS please contact John Cook.

Candidate is to contact their club safeguarding officer who should be able to complete the process alongside them. If the club doesn’t have a CSO, then they can contact John Cook

First Aid

Coaches working with players under 18 (as at 1st September of the preceding year) must obtain or renew a three-hour essential first aid qualification every three years.  Courses are now available across the county. Click below to book. 


Coaches' activity must be covered by club and / or individual insurance.

For details of the insurance cover (and a host of other benefits) provided by the ECB Coaches Association please visit the ECB website.