**NEW** ECB Umpire Course Launched - with courses available in Wiltshire to book

Throughout 2023, the ECB has been developing a new ECB Umpire course, to act as the entry level course for all umpires and to help engage a new audience of umpires.

This course is designed to give new umpires the key skills, knowledge and confidence to stand as an umpire in cricket. No prior experience of umpiring in cricket is required before attending the course.

Whether you plan to support Junior Softball cricket through to adult cricket, this course will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the role of the umpire
  • Gain a basic understanding of umpiring the game
  • Answering appeals and the common methods of dismissal
  • How to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in the game
  • Judging whether or not it is safe to play

Learners will be asked to complete some e-learning prior to attending the course, which will take no more than 90 minutes to complete in total. Pre-learning can be completed via multiple visits or in one go.


  • Learners must be 14 years of age at the time of the course.
  • Cost £70.00

Post course, learners will have the confidence and competence to go and umpire at appropriate levels within recreational cricket.

Courses available in Wiltshire:

In Wiltshire, we are delighted that the ECB has supported us by facilitating two of the inaugural courses to take place in the county in the New Year. With a new course, newly developing pathway and a newly trained tutor workforce it is an exciting time to engage with these new courses. Here are the details and booking links for the courses taking place in Wiltshire this winter:

Neighbouring courses:

It is also worth noting that these courses are being centrally administered by the ECB and so the standard of delivery will be consistent from county to county. With that in mind, here are links to courses taking place in nearby counties too:

Bursaries for courses:

Finally, for clubs that participate in WEPL or in the Wiltshire County Cricket League, you may be able to apply for bursaries towards the courses upon completion. Please use the following contacts to find out more about what might be available:

WEPL – Allan Taylor - [email protected]

WCCL – David Norman - [email protected]