Coaching

The ability to coach people is a critical aspect of leadership whether that’s in sport or work.  

Inspiring coaches make inspiring leaders and it’s a skill  that’s learned not made……and it’s transferable.

We will start you off with your first coaching certificates and the opportunity to put it into practice.  Initially here in Kent and then, potentially, in the wider world.

While it’s not critical that programme participants are cricketers – the coaching skills they learn have broader application in their future education and working lives as well as being transferable to all sports – it will certainly enhance their ability to analyse and improve their own game.

Year 1

Coaching programme

Participants will work together in eight sessions over four days in July and August, with the programme directors and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) coach tutors.  As well as developing the leadership and life skills, they will pursue formal ECB coaching qualifications.

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to support qualified coaches.

An ECB Support Coach is not qualified to lead coaching sessions independently but is supervised by a qualified cricket coach. 

Content

  • supporting coaches and players
  • introduction to icoachcricket
  • communicating with coaches and players
  • supporting fielding, bowling and batting
  • safety and safeguarding

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 16 and over wishing to support qualified coaches, inspire players and make a difference to the game

Commitment

  • One face-to-face module lasting three hours
  • Two bitesize e-learning modules lasting 10-15 minutes each
  • Multiple choice question assessment

Also provided

  • Valid safeguarding training – Safeguarding Young Cricketers – a 45 minute online learning module
  • Valid ECB DBS
  • introduction to membership and support resources of ECB Coaches Association

Year 2

Programme outcomes

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to coach cricket sessions that are purposeful, active, safe and enjoyable.

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

Content

  • Role of an ECB Foundation I Coach
  • icoachcricket
  • What does coaching look like?
  • Coaching fielding, bowling and batting
  • Foundation principles – fielding, bowling and batting
  • The coaching tools
  • 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. While it’s not critical that participants are cricketers – the leadership skills they learn will have broad application in their future education and working lives as well as all sports – the coaching aspect will certainly enhance their ability to analyse and improve their own game.

Commitment

  • Four face-to-face modules lasting three hours each, including three observed coaching opportunities
  • Seven bitesize e-learning modules lasting 10-15 minutes each
  • Multiple choice question assessment.

Pre-requisites for certification 

  • 18 years of age (course can be completed prior to 18th birthday)
  • Valid safeguarding training e.g. Safeguarding Young Cricketers completed in Year 1
  • Valid ECB Disclosure and Barring Service check completed in Year 1

Further learning opportunities

When qualified:

  • Full membership of the ECB Coaches Association
  • ECB Core Coach.

Level I and Core Coach are full coaching qualifications and enable the candidate to coach in their own right as an England & Wales Cricket Board accredited coach. Many who qualify find this a potentially valuable source of income to support studying and the many opportunities in university towns and local clubs can pay better than other traditional ‘student jobs’.

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