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Foundation 1 course

A two-day course ideal for prospective coaches, team managers and volunteers who are looking to take their first step on the coaching pathway.

ECB Foundation 1 Coach

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

ECB Foundation I Coach is a new coach development programme and qualification that has been created to help more people take their first steps into coaching cricket.

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 I 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 give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to coach cricket sessions that are active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe.

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

It is now the entry level qualification required to coach cricket.


  • Role of an ECB Foundation I Coach
  • What does coaching look like?
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  • Coaching fielding, bowling and batting
  • Foundation principles – fielding, bowling and batting
  • The coaching tools
  • Purposeful sessions
  • Active sessions
  • Safe sessions
  • Enjoyable sessions
  • 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.


  • 4 face-to-face modules lasting 3 hours each
  • 7 bitesize e-learning modules lasting 10-15 minutes each
  • 3 observed coaching opportunities during face-to-face modules and an online multiple choice questionnaire
  • Course cost: £150.00

Pre-requisites for certification

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid safeguarding training e.g. Online Safeguarding Young Cricketers module

We strongly advise that you complete the application process for your ECB DBS check, prior to applying for a place on your chosen Foundation Stage One course.

Candidates may currently hold other versions of DBS certificates (Council, FA, RFU, LTA, etc.), however all ECB coaches must hold a copy of an up to date ECB DBS, to access the F1 course.

If you require an ECB DBS Vetting check the process is now online and candidates should follow the instructions below to apply.

Please contact your Club Welfare Officer or provide the information detailed below by email to:

Matthew Counsell:

Brian Hoyle:

Your Full Name, Date of Birth, Club affiliation & Email Address.

Your application will then be initiated and the ECB will send you an email with a link to your new online DBS application form.

You will then be required to complete and submit the online application form, detailing the evidence that you will present to your verifier.

Once completed please arrange to have your DBS application verified and take your documentary evidence to either your Club Welfare Officer, to a verifier detailed to you on submitting your application or to the contacts detailed above in the SCB office.

Next courses in Somerset

At the current time we are continuing with the reduced education courses that we have scheduled below.

We would expect further clarification from the ECB in due course, regarding the latest government information and guidelines around indoor sport.

If we have to cancel or amend any of our courses, we will contact all candidates that have made a booking and offer an alternative course or a full refund.


Course DateTimeVenueCostBook here
13/02/2021 & 20/02/20219.30am to 4.30pm both datesDownside School£150.00Course expression of interest form
14/02/2021 & 21/02/20219.30am to 4.30pm both datesMillfield School£150.00Course expression of interest form
07/03/2021 & 13/03/20219.30am to 4.30pm both datesCentre of Excellence£150.00Course expression of interest form