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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?
  • icoachcricket
  • 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

We have been working hard to provide opportunities for volunteers at clubs to access a reduced programme of education courses that will be available during the summer period. We realise summer time is not ideal for training new coaches but we are also aware of how much built up demand there will be as a result of the cancelled courses this winter.

Please see below further information about the face-to-face Foundation 1 Coach courses that we are planning to run during the summer period:


Course DateTimeVenueCostBook here
9.30am to 4.30pmCentre of Excellence£150.00FULLY BOOKED
9.30am to 4.30pmPrior Park Sports Centre£150.00Course Completed
9.30am to 4.30pmScotch Horn Leisure Centre, BS48 1BZ£150.00Course Completed
May 2022 - Dates tbc5.30pm to 9.00pm
All dates
Centre of Excellence or North Somerset£150.00Booking link for this course will appear here shortly.