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ECB Core Coach (1st4sport Level 2)

The ECB Core Coach programme is an entry level qualification for coaching cricket in England and Wales alongside ECB Foundation Coach. This programme is one part of a wider strategic response to needing more coaches on the ground able to inspire and develop players.

With its launch, the ECB Core Coach replaced the ECB Certificate in Coaching Children’s Cricket and ECB Certificate in Coaching Young People and Adults’ Cricket provision.

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.

Alongside the ECB Foundation Coach, this will be the entry level qualification required to coach cricket.


  • 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, physical and mental skills
  • Coaching tools
  • Practice types
  • Safety
  • Differentiation

Who should attend?

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


  • £300.00
  • 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

Pre-requisites for certification

  • Valid safeguarding training e.g. Safeguarding Young Cricketers
  • Valid ECB DBS
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Upcoming Courses

Saturdays 11, 18, 25 November and 2 December 2023; 9:30 – 16:00 at Seat Unique Riverside Indoor Cricket Centre, Chester-le-Street DH3 3QR

Sundays 11, 18, 25 February and 3, 10, 24 March 2024; 12:00 – 15:00 plus Sunday 17 March 2024; 9:00 – 15:30 at Seat Unique Riverside Indoor Cricket Centre, Chester-le-Street DH3 3QR

Book Below

Please note that the deadline to register for the below courses is one week before the start of the course.

Dates not suitable?

If you are interested in the Foundation Coach courses, but the above dates don’t suit you, you can register your interest below and be the first to hear about upcoming courses.

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