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Performance Cricket Coaching

The performance coach course has been designed to meet the needs of coaches working with the most talented young players in the ECB performance pathway, aiming to develop and equip coaches with the knowledge, skills and thinking to work effectively in performance environments.

Coaches can expect to explore and develop their coaching philosophy, develop a deeper understanding of cricket skills required to achieve high level performance, and use techniques to help them better understand themselves as coaches and the staff and players they work with.

The course equips coaches to plan long, medium and short-term for performance gain.

A range of tools are explored to help analyse performance, optimise learning environments, use feedback and self-reflection effectively and understand and appreciate the role individuality plays in elite sport. Coaches will also foster an understanding of the relationship between and the integration of various skill components required of high-level performance in cricket.

Following qualification all coaches can access the ECB CPD hub which provides up-to-date and innovative articles and features via a dedicated on-line platform.

Coaches interested in attending the ECB performance coach course will be required to hold an existing Level 2 qualification or equivalent, have acquired some experience of working with the most talented young players, and demonstrate a willingness and open-mindedness to learn.

Who can apply?

The course is designed for coaches working in the following areas (male and female):

  • County Age Group U13 and above.
  • Emerging Players Programme.
  • County Academy Programme.
  • County Professional Programme.
  • England Men’s and Women’s Development Programmes.

The course is open to coaches from the following pathways:

  • County Board Workforce Planning.
  • Coaches working in Performance Programmes in Clubs and Schools.
  • Professional Cricketers currently or previously playing in one of the First Class Counties in England and Wales.
  • ICC Europe.
  • Coaches involved in ECB-related Development Programmes overseas.
  • Coaches from the South Asian Community and AfricanCaribbean community.

What previous qualifications should I have and who needs to support my application?

To seek admission to the course you will be required to hold the following minimum qualifications and certificates:

  • ECB UKCC2 coaching qualification.
  • ECB L2 qualification or an ECB recognised equivalent overseas coaching qualification.
  • Active Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate (sportscoach UK) or ECB Safeguarding Young Cricketers online refresher, and First Aid certificate.

A candidate’s application must be supported by an approved Endorsing Body. The following Endorsing Bodies are accepted:

  • County Cricket Board.
  • ECB Coaches Association Rep.
  • County Academy Director.
  • County Director of Cricket.
  • ECB.

What is the commitment required of me and how long will it take to get my UKCC3 Certificate?

The course is delivered over 8 group tutoring days spread over 3–4 months.There are areas of work, both practical and theory, to be completed prior to, during and after the course which make up the assessment process.

Completion of the course requires a high level of commitment from prospective candidates. Before accepting candidates onto the course the ECB will need to be satisfied that candidates fully understand the commitment required and have a positive intent to complete. The ECB will reject any application where it feels this is in doubt. Candidates must ensure that they are available to attend all 8 contact days of the course.

Each area of work will have a stipulated completion date which candidates must adhere to, and final completion and qualification must be completed within 9 months of registering on the course.

How much will it cost?

The cost to the candidate is £750. ECB will invoice for the fee following successful application, and this must be paid before the start of the course. The ECB match each candidate’s fee as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the development of high quality cricket coaches.

How do I apply?

If you think the Performance Coach Course is right for you and you can be endorsed by an approved Endorsing Body, please complete Part A of the Application Form. This will be sent to your nominated Endorser, who will complete Part B and submit the completed form to the ECB. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that the form reaches both your Endorser and ultimately the ECB.

After analysing all applications, we will invite short-listed candidates to attend regional interviews, from which the final selections for the course will be made. The interview process is designed to ensure that the candidate is aware of the commitment required and to assess their suitability for the Performance Coach Course.

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