Somerset Cricket FOUNDATION Coaches Association

The Somerset Cricket Foundation Coaches Association (SCFCA) is the county’s arm of the national England and Wales Cricket Board Coaches Association (ECBCA). SCFCA is run to benefit all coaches in Somerset.

For more information about upcoming coaching courses and workshops, please visit the Workforce section of the website. We hope that you will find the events and information of interest and that they will encourage you to become involved with our Association and develop your coaching. Should you have any feedback or suggestions regarding any aspect of the Associations activities then please let us know by emailing, we will welcome your comments.

Somerset CA Coaching Conference 2023


When: Saturday 11th November | 10am-4pm
Where: Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
How much: £15 per person (includes lunch)

*places are limited so please book early to avoid missing out

The Coaching Conference is a one-day event that will give coaches at all levels useful knowledge, ideas and confidence to take away to help them support their players. The day will include a mixture of practical workshops, seminars, Q and As and key note speeches. All attendees will get to take part in all workshops and seminars so no need to choose!

Keynote Speech:
Setting the scene‘ | Andy Hurry | Somerset CCC Director of Cricket

Practical Workshops:
Keeper’s union‘ | Paul Nixon | Former England Wicketkeeper
Quicks thinking‘ | Jason Kerr | Somerset CCC Head Coach

Captain’s club‘ | Sophie Luff | Western Storm Captain
Grassroots coaching‘ | Martin Dighton | UK Coaching Senior Coach Developer
Bringing the pathway to life‘ | Andrew Griffiths | Somerset CCC Pathway Lead


Setting the scene’ | ANDY HURRY | Somerset CCC Director of Cricket
Before joining Somerset in 2001 Andy was a fitness instructor in the Royal Marines. From 2001 to 2014 he held different roles at Somerset including 2nd X1 coach, 1st X1 coach and director of high performance, overseeing the transition of young players into the 1st team. In 2007 in his role as first team coach along with his captain Justin Langer he led Somerset to the County Championship 2nd division title.

In 2014 Andy left Somerset to work for the ECB as the new head of the England Development Programme. Andy returned in 2017 as Director of Cricket and has overseen trophy success in 2019 and this year with the T20 Blast victory.

With a wealth of knowledge at all levels of both the professional and club game Andy will provide real insights for coaches to take away with them.

Keeper’s union’ | PAUL NIXON | Former England Wicket Keeper

Paul Nixon had a playing career spanning more than 20 years for both Leicestershire and Kent. He played nearly 800 first class and List A games scoring 22,000 runs and taking over 1,300 catches and 170 stumpings. He won County Championship, one day and T20 titles and played 20 times for England including at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Since retiring Paul has coached Leicestershire for five and a half years as well as franchise teams around the world. His experience along with his high energy delivery is a must see and will leave coaches wanting more.

Quicks thinking’ | JASON KERR | Somerset CCC Head Coach

During his playing career Jason spent ten years at Somerset before moving to Derbyshire for a couple of seasons. In that time he played in more than 170 first class and list A games scoring the best part of two and a half thousand runs and taking over 250 wickets.

After finishing playing Jason was Director of Cricket at Bridgwater CC before becoming the Academy Director and 2nd X1 coach at Somerset in 2006. In 2013 he was promoted to 1st X1 bowling coach and then in October 2017 he was appointed Somerset Head Coach. Since becoming head coach he has delivered success for the first time in 14 years with both the One Day Cup and the T20 Blast trophy.

Jason’s knowledge and experience of bowling from his time as both a player and a coach will be invaluable to those attending and will enable coaches to better support their bowlers in the future.

Captains club’ | SOPHIE LUFF | Western Storm Captain
Sophie has captained teams at all levels of the game. She started captaining boys teams at both school and club and became Somerset Women’s captain a few years after her debut in 2009 as a 15 year old. She also captained England Academy and England Under 19s.

In 2016 she became part of the Western Storm side and was integral to them winning the Kia Super League in 2017 and 2019. In 2020, she captained the Storm in the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint competition and led from the front with scores of 60, 85, 79 and 104 not out. She has been Storm captain since then as well as leading Welsh Fire in the inaugural season of The Hundred.

As a Level 3 coach, and former Head of Somerset Girl’s pathway Sophie not only has an enormous about of captaincy experience and knowledge from playing, but also as a coach supporting young captains and will give coaches plenty to go away with and support their players.

Grassroots coaching’ | MARTIN DIGHTON |UK Coaching Senior Coach Developer
Martin is a Senior Coach Developer at UK Coaching and is primarily responsible for supporting and developing the Coach Development Workforce across all sports. Additionally, Martin supports coaches involved in the Olympic pathway during their time on UK Coaching’s coach development programmes.

Alongside his full-time role at UK Coaching Martin remains an active deliverer of FA coach education courses having previously worked full-time for The Football Association in a variety of coaching and coach development roles. Finally, Martin coaches a group of talented Under 16 girls as part of The Football Association’s Emerging Talent Programme in Dorset.

Martin’s experience, insights and knowledge of grassroots sport as both a coach and coach developer with be a must listen.

Bringing the pathway to life’ | ANDREW GRIFFITHS | Somerset CCC Pathway Coaching Lead
Andrew Griffiths has coached at all levels of the game, from club cricket through to the first team, where he has just finished a summer as interim bowling coach.

In his role as Pathway Coaching Lead Andrew has redesigned what the pathway looks and feels like and has ensured that it meets the needs of all players who are part of it.

Andrew is passionate about developing players as well as coaches and will be able to bring the pathway ethos and mission to life that will provide coaches with ideas to support their players.

*please note that due to catering we will not be able to refund places within 7 days of the event

Coaching courses and education

Courses for both new and experienced coaches

We run many different formal and informal training events for existing coaches, those looking to train as a coach and also those looking to support existing coaches.