Wiltshire Cricket launches FREE ECB Support Coach courses for 2021 summer

The ECB Support Coach course is the new entry level course on the ECB’s Coach Development pathway. You can read more about the new ECB Support Coach courses here; https://www.wiltshirecricket.co.uk/news/2021-05-11/introducing-the-new-ecb-support-coach-course.html, or in the text at the bottom of this page.

We are delighted to confirm that for the 2021 summer, the ECB has funded all counties with a number of FREE course places, to be used by 30th September 2021 (ordinarily the course would cost £40 per candidate). In Wiltshire we have been allocated funding for 72 FREE places, spread across 4 courses of 18 candidates. We are pleased to communicate the details of these four courses, together with a booking link for each:

It would be very much appreciated if you could pass the details of these courses on to prospective people from within your club who you think might be interested in beginning their coaching journey. This could be parents who are keen to start assisting sessions or it could be helpers who have delivered All Stars and/or Dynamos, and who would now like to expand their coaching knowledge. Much more information on the course can be found below.

As mentioned, we have 72 FREE places to allocate and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Information on ECB Support Coach course:

Full information on the ECB Support Coach course can be found here; https://www.wiltshirecricket.co.uk/coaching-and-courses/coaching-pathway-and-courses/ecb-support-coach.html. However, here is some headline information:


The ECB Support Coach programme is the assistant coach provision for cricket coaching in England and Wales. This programme is part of a strategic response to needing more support (assistant) coaches on the ground able to inspire and develop players. The programme makes becoming a coach much more accessible in terms of time commitment and cost.

ECB Support Coach replaces the previous Coach Support Worker provision.

Programme descriptor:

This programme has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to support qualified coaches and enhance player experience. An ECB Support Coach is not qualified to lead coaching sessions independently and therefore must be supervised by a qualified cricket coach.

Programme structure:

The programme consists of three modules in total. Two e-learning modules are integrated with one face-to-face module.

  • Module 1 – Introducing ECB Support Coach - e-learning module
  • Module 2 – Supporting coaching - face to face module
  • Module 3 – Being an ECB Support Coach - e-learning module

Key themes:

  • Supporting coaches and players
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  • Communicating with coaches and players
  • Supporting fielding, bowling and batting
  • Safety
  • Differentiation

Face-to-face module:

There is a single face-to-face module that runs for three hours:

  1. Role of an ECB Support Coach
  2. What does support coaching look like?
  3. Coaching – your turn
  4. Player welfare and safeguarding
  5. Coaching fielding, bowling and batting – your turn ECB Coach Developer guidance notes will provide further detail behind the outcomes and activities in each module.

Safeguarding Young Cricketers:

Safeguarding Young Cricketers is issued separately by ECB e-learning is complimented by tasks completed during the face-to-face module.


Learners are assessed by an online multiple choice question paper found in module 3.