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Celebrate volunteers at your club as a Somerset Cricket Unsung Hero!

This as part #NationalVolunteersWeek we are celebrating all the fantastic volunteers across the Somerset Cricket network. Without their hard work grassroots cricket simply wouldn’t happen.

Over our social media and website we will be dedicating a day to some of the vital roles undertaken by volunteers at cricket clubs sharing photos, club posts and training opportunities.


On the final day of our volunteering week we say a big thanks to those individuals who dedicate unprecedented amounts of time and energy for their club.  

Every club will have people who are the ‘heartbeat’ of the club and without them the club wouldn’t be the same. 

We would like all clubs to share on social media about their Unsung Hero to thank them for everything they do and we would like you to tag us in your social media posts so we can share them too:


FacebookSomerset Cricket Foundation (@SomCricketFDN)

Instagram: SomersetCricketFoundation


We say thank you to the Safeguarding Officers across the County who ensure their clubs are a safe place for all.

Without a Safeguarding Officer in place clubs cannot enter leagues or run junior cricket and whilst their role rarely has to be called upon for welfare issues they play a key role in welcoming people to the club and maintaining safeguarding standards.


To be a qualified Club Welfare Officer (CWO) there are three requirements:

  • An ECB DBS
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children Training (or Online Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course)
  • ECB Safe Hands Training Course

All these qualifications last for three years and need renewing once three years has lapsed.

As you will be aware, due to the Covid-19 crisis, many courses have been cancelled and we are aware that this has left many unable to keep your qualifications up-to-date but there are measures in place to gain the above Qualifications:


To obtain an ECB DBS please email me or Brian Hoyle (Brian.Hoyle@somersetcricketboard.org)  the below info to enable us to setup a form.

  • Full name (inc Title)
  • Date of birth
  • Preferred email address
  • Club affiliation

Once you have filled in the form please contact us again so we can arrange verification via video call.

Safe Hands Webinar

ECB have created an online Safe Hands webinar in place of the face-to-face course.

  • Please click here to book a webinar

Please register using your full name, and ensure you register using an email address that is unique to you. Once registered please can you advise

Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC)

This is a free online course, which takes approximately one hour to complete, and you can save your progress at any time.

Please complete this online course if you have not completed the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course in the last three years.

To register for the SYC please email Brian.hoyle@somersetcricketfoundation.org

Safeguarding Resources

  • Template: Safeguarding children policy
  • Template: Roles and responsibilities matrix
  • Template: Welcome letter for parent/carer
  • Template: Welcome letter for young person

Useful Contacts




On Day Three we are thanking all our officials, those who give up their time to umpire and score, and who are vital to ensure the smooth running of the game.


In 2022 WEPL will be offering bonus point to Clubs who provide an umpire to the local ACOs, details of which can be found here

There are some great online courses available for current and aspiring umpires and scorers, and once Covid restrictions are withdrawn face to face courses will be running again.

The ECB ACO online courses available are:

  • Basics of Umpiring
  • It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage One
  • Basics of Scoring


This course is aimed at club umpires who just need to know the key laws and basic field craft and those players who umpire 5 or 10 overs at the weekend. For ages 13 and over.



This course is designed to give an overview of the basic Laws of the Game, how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management.  This course is a perfect introduction for new club umpires, a refresher for existing umpires and the first step for those who aspire to umpire at higher levels. For ages 13 and over.

Individuals who complete this course will be eligible for full ECB ACO Membership. You will be required to complete the necessary forms (online) to obtain this.

  • Under 16s will receive full membership immediately, which will continue until 18 (providing they remain an active member). An ECB DBS is required upon turning 16.
  • Over 16s will also receive free membership until they are 18*
  • Over 18s receive their first year free*



This course is designed to provide you with all the skills needed to start scoring.  The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as, scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the Game. For ages 13 and over.


Contact Information

For further information on umpiring or scoring in Somerset, please contact:

Ben Peverall – benpeverall@gmail.com


Junior cricket is key to the sustainability of clubs and without the dedication of club coaches, managers and activators it wouldn’t be possible!

In Somerset we have over 200 Activators with over a 3rd being female, over 150 members of the ECB Coaches Associations and 100’s of managers who give up their time to give opportunities and inspire the next generation of cricketers.

Support for Available for Coaches/Managers/Activators

iCoach Cricket

A fantastic free resource that can be accessed by a simple registration here. It is full of drills, videos, practices and session plans for coaches to use with their players.

It is home to all the All Stars and Dynamos activities, specific sessions for Womens Softball Cricket and drills for all ages and abilities.

You can contact coachdevelopment@ecb.co.uk for more information

ECB launch the new Support Coach course

The new ECB Support Coach has been designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to support qualified coaches.

The course upskills individuals who want to help and support a qualified coach in the delivery and organisation of safe cricket games and sessions. This vital role supports the coach in action and development of players predominantly in the club or school environment.

With two online modules and one three hour face to face module, it is a fantastic and easy way for candidates to take their first steps onto the coaching pathway.

The course is aimed at anyone aged 16 and over wishing to support qualified coaches, inspire players and make a difference to the game.

In addition all of our ECB Support Coach courses are free of charge up to the 30th September.

To find out more about our ECB Support Coach courses and to book your place, please click here.

Foundation 1 Coach course

 The course provides 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.
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.

With 4 x ECB Foundation 1 courses being cancelled as a result of the winter lockdown, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to re-schedule 3 x ECB Foundation 1 courses to run during the period from the 17th May 2021 to the 30th June 2021.

Course dates and venues are detailed below:

Course Date
13/06/2021 &
9.30am to 4.30pm
Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, BS48 1BZ

For further information and to book your place on one of our Foundation 1 Coach courses, please click here.

The Somerset Coaches Association (SCA)

The Somerset Coaches Association (SCA) is an active and vibrant organisation, which is run to benefit all coaches in Somerset.

We hope that you will find the events and information detailed below 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 scott.chappell@somersetcricketboard.org, we will welcome your comments.



You need:

  • To hold a minimum of Level 1 Coaching Award or an ECB Level 1 NCA Teaching Award
  • An up-to-date ECB DBS Check – contact your County Cricket Board to begin an application


There are no criteria to become an associate member, it is open to everyone interested in cricket coaching.

Both full and associate members must abide by the ECB Coaches Code of Conduct. Click here for details.


Please complete the ECB Coaches Association application form (Online) and you’ll be contacted directly to orgainse payment.

Any problems/questions, please call ECBCA on 0121 440 4332.

UK Coaching

A range of online courses and workshops to support coach development are available at UK Coaching.
These courses include:

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity – 2-3 hours – Cost: £8.99

Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport – 30 minutes – Cost: £6.99

Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge – 5 modules – Cost: Free of charge

Full details of all the courses can be found on the UK Coaching website.


Thank you to all the groundskeepers around Somerset for the countless hours of hard work they put in to maintaining and producing wonderful grounds. Without a pitch to play on their would be no game to play!

Particularly during the last month where volunteers have selflessly worked hard to #GetTheGameOn with limited preparation time due to the awful weather which hit the county.

On day one the following people we recognised by their clubs: Mark Fitzgibbon (Backwell Flax Bourton), Nigel Mortimer (Claverham) JP, Swish & Martin (Cleeve), Dave Counsell (Huntspill & District), Tom Parkman (North Perrott), Matt Dunn (Staplegrove), Dan Bingham (Wembdon) and Sam Trego (Weston-super-Mare)

Support for Available for Grounds Maintenance

The Grounds Management Association website is full of information to help you make informed decisions about maintaining your grounds as well as your working and volunteering situation.

 Somerset Cricket Grounds Association’s (SCGA) is available locally in Somerset and has the aim of:

  1. Improve the quality of pitches and outfields at cricket facilities
  2. Maintain and develop an active Somerset Grounds Association
  3. Develop an active training and development programme for groundskeepers
  4. Help clubs to access appropriate and affordable machinery and materials

The Association is responsible within Somerset for:

Somerset Cricket Grounds Support Team

To help to improve cricket ground maintenance across the country – particularly at recreational/non-professional level new for 2021 the Somerset Cricket Grounds Association are expanding on their previous Pitch Advisor scheme by launching the Somerset Cricket Grounds Support Team.


The aim of the Somerset Cricket Grounds Support Team (SCGST) is all about supporting recreational cricket from the grassroots up and is part of the Somerset Cricket Ground’s Association (SGA).

The SCGCT is made up of 5 Pitch Advisors based across the county who are here to support clubs directly by being able to provide local advice and support to a range of queries. They will work closely with the Grounds Management Association (GMA) Regional Pitch Advisor in the South West to provide additional technical support where required and hope this will enable the group to help sustain growth in participation across Somerset.

The GMA in partnership with the ECB through the Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme (GaNTIP) are focused on raising standards, raising awareness and improving education within grounds maintenance across several major sports. The Introduction of the SCGCT is an exciting opportunity for cricket in Somerset to make positive steps forward to achieve these targets of GaNTIP and the Somerset Strategy.

For more information and booking click here


The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have launched a new online Level 1 module on Cricket Grounds Maintenance to allow you to gain an awareness and general understanding of the tasks involved in maintaining playing surfaces.


There are 3 modules to this training course. All are designed to either give you a new understanding or build on your experiences so far.

  • Requirements of the groundsperson and pitch
  • Maintenance activities (Equipment and Machinery)
  • Safe use and storage (Materials)

Each module has an informal self-assessment test, plus there is a formal end of course multiple choice assessment test, which is also online.

Cost: £25.00 (Incl. VAT)

Find out more and book here. 

Coming Up Next we celebrate:

Thursday – Umpires and Scorers
Friday – Safeguarding Officers
Saturday – ‘Heartbeat of the Club’

On Sunday (6th June) we will be opening up the opportunity for clubs to nominate volunteers for Reward and Recognition events at The Cooper Associates County Ground later in the year.

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