Coaching Bursary Application

Complete the form to begin your bursary application.

Coaching is a challenging and enormously rewarding role within our game. Players need expertise, support and passion at every level of their development.

No matter whether you are putting something back into the game you love, progressing your career, helping out at your local club, or simply providing more support to your child, there is a reason for everyone to get involved in cricket coaching.

If you or someone you know is thinking of joining the coaching family click here to find out which programme is right for you.

Bursaries funded by the generous support provided by the England and Wales Cricket Trust are intended to increase the diversity of learners taking their first step into coaching, gaining a qualification or taking the next step on their coach development journey.

Groups that have been identified to increase the diversity of learners accessing coach development programmes are:

  • Potential coaches/coaches that are female
  • Potential coaches/coaches from ethnically diverse communities
  • Potential coaches/coaches with a disability
  • Potential coaches/coaches experiencing financial hardship

A bursary can be awarded to learners that register on ECB Support Coach, ECB Foundation Coach or ECB Core Coach programmes between 1st February 2024 and 31st January 2025.

Anyone wanting to access coach development that is experiencing financial hardship will be awarded a bursary of up to 100% of the national price of the programme.

Once an applicant receives confirmation they will need to complete their programme registration and make full payment and upon competence receive a refund to redeem their bursary.

Anyone wanting to access coach development that is female, from an ethnically diverse community, has a disability who is not experiencing financial hardship will be awarded a bursary of up to 50% of the national price of the programme. Point of redemption will be upon attendance at face to face modules.

Please note if you are experiencing financial hardship and applying for a bursary you will need a discount code to complete your ECB Support Coach/ECB Foundation Coach/ECB Core Coach registration.

Coach Development Bursary Application 2024-2025

Which programme are you requesting a bursary for:(Required)
Please refer to our event planner for full details.
Are you experiencing financial hardship:(Required)
For example: you may be in receipt of Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, have dependents that receive free school meals or other circumstances resulting in experiencing hardship.
Do you have any long-term health conditions, impairments or illnesses that have a substantial effect on your ability to do normal daily activities?(Required)
For example: physical, medical, sensory, learning, social, behavioural or mental health conditions or impairments.


Have you applied for or received funding from any other organisations towards the programme costs?(Required)

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Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer

Gareth joined the GCB in 2016 and progressed into his current role as Workforce Development Officer in 2021. His main roles are being the main point of contact for the ECB on all Coach Development matters and grow the number of active coaches across the County of Gloucestershire.

Additionally, he will support the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) in developing an Officials Strategy that aims to grow the number of officials across the game. Increase the number of courses that are available to potential officials and work with GACO to transition volunteers from ‘course takers’ to ‘standing officials’.

Support the Gloucestershire Grounds Association in developing a programme of activity that supports ground staff across each year. Coordinate and manage both national and local Reward and Recognition events for all groups of volunteers. On top of practical delivery in schools, he will work with teachers to enhance their cricket delivery and work with universities/colleges to provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications and coaching experience.

Gareth is a Liverpool FC fan, a big follower of cricket around the world and plays his cricket at Hatherley & Reddings.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer