Foundation Coach

The entry level qualification for cricket coaching in England and Wales makes becoming a coach more accessible.

Coaching is an enormously rewarding, challenging and crucial role in cricket.

ECB Foundation Coach is a blend of e-learning and face-to-face modules led by ECB Coach Developers will explore what coaching looks like, the impact you can have as an ECB Foundation Coach, the skills you can help players to develop and how you can learn from your experiences.

By committing yourself to this programme and becoming a qualified coach you will become an important part of the ECB’s coaching family that works together to help players improve, have fun, be safe and learn at every stage of their development.

Programme Outcomes

This programme has been designed to develop a learner’s knowledge, skills and confidence to use icoachcricket to coach safe, fun and inclusive sessions that ignite a lifelong love of the game.

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

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. Note, if a candidate is 17 years old, they will not be certificated until they turn 18.


  • ECB DBS required to begin application
  • Four face-to-face modules lasting three hours each
  • Seven bitesize e-learning modules
  • Assessment – three observed coaching opportunities during face-to-face modules and an online multiple-choice questionnaire
  • £150

Pre-requisites for certification

  • Valid safeguarding certificate (e.g. Safeguarding Young Cricketers)
  • 18 years of age

For more information, please contact Gareth Dawson Workforce Development Officer.

Module 1 – Welcome to the family

  • Introduces the learner to the programme, providing an overview of its outcomes and expectations

Module 4 – Coaching fielding

  • Explores fielding and helps learners prepare for their turn to coach fielding during module 6

Module 7 – Coaching tools

  • Revisits the coaching tools after their demonstration and application during modules 5 and 6. Each coaching tool is explained followed by a scenario that explores their use when coaching catching relay

Module 10 – Taking wickets

  • What does coaching bowling look like?
  • Bowling foundations
  • Coaching bowling – your turn
  • Player welfare and safeguarding

Module 2 – Being an ECB Foundation I Coach

  • Explores how coaches can enhance players’ experiences and focuses on safety guidance using a variety of scenarios

Module 5 – Warming up

  • Role of an ECB Foundation I Coach
  • What does coaching look like?
  • Coaching – your turn
  • What is purposeful, active, safe and enjoyable coaching?
  • Coaching purposeful, active, safe and enjoyable – your turn

Module 8 – Coaching bowling

  • Explores bowling and helps learners prepare for their turn to coach bowling during module 10

Module 11 – Scoring runs

  • What does coaching batting look like?
  • Batting foundations
  • Coaching batting – your turn

Module 3 – icoachcricket

  • The key features are demonstrated and a scenario is used to develop the learner’s understanding of how to use the website and app during the programme and out in the field. This module also prepares learners for the first coaching opportunity in module 5

Module 6 – Wicket taking in the field

  • Introduction to the coaching tools
  • What does coaching fielding look like?
  • Fielding foundations
  • Coaching fielding – your turn
  • Differentiation and the STEP framework

Module 9 – Coaching batting

  • Explores batting and helps learners prepare for their turn to coach batting during module 11
  • Online multiple-choice questionnaire

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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