Coaching Children (<13)

ECB Certificate for Coaching Children’s Cricket – book now

Coaching children is a challenging and enormously rewarding role within the coaching pathway. Players need expertise, support and passion at every level of their development; this course is designed with your players’ needs at its core.

In turn, the experiences, tasks, practices and sharing of ideas which you experience during the course are designed to help equip you with the tools you need to meet your players’ needs.

Just as players learn quickly, so do coaches. The challenge for all coaches is to learn as they develop, just as players do.

Who Should Attend?

At least 17 years of age (learners may attend the course and assessment if they are over 17 years of age; however, due to the level of responsibility associated with the role, they will not be certificated until they are 18 years of age)

The course is designed for coaches who are going to coach children from six to 13 years of age. They may be new coaches, existing UKCC1/ECB L1 or Young Person and Adult coaches who wish to access ‘child specific’ content.


Coaches will be required to attend eight three hour modules, complete ‘off-course’ online E-modules tasks at home between modules and six sessions of supported practice usually in your own club coaching environment.

Pre-requisites for Certification

18 years of age
Current emergency aid certificate
Current Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate or equivalent
Disclosure and Barring Service check through ECB
Over the duration of the course you can expect to explore the following questions

What is the role of a children’s coach and what does good children’s coaching look like?
What sorts of skills can children learn in cricket coaching sessions?
How can I develop my own coaching philosophy and why is it important?
What tools do I need to learn from experiences?
How do children learn?
What are the players’ needs and how can I help to meet them?
What are the different types of practice and what skills do they develop?
What tools can I use to help players learn in my coaching session?
How can I adapt my coaching session depending on the practice type and what skills players are learning?

CPD for Coaching Children’s Cricket (Modules)

These workshops are designed to act as stepping stones for individuals who wish to work towards being assessed for the new Coaching Diploma or who just want to improve their knowledge. Coaches can opt to access the workshops as standalone CPD (Continual Professional Development) sessions. A certificate of attendance will be issued for each workshop attended.

Who Should Attend?

Coaches who are coaching children from six to 13 years of age and have undertaken ECB Certificate in Coaching Children or equivalent qualifcation who wish to access child specific CPD. (These coaches are able to access CPD from both Child and Young Person and Adult strands)

The three CPD workshops within the Child Coach environment are:

ECB Creating the Learning Climate for Children

The coach is key to creating a positive experience for children within a club.
This workshop considers the coach’s role in creating an environment that allows players to learn by solving problems and self-discovery.
Coaches will develop their understanding of how they support a child’s learning and development.
ECB Game Based Learning for Children

Game-based practices promote the development of all skills required to play cricket.
This workshop will explore how coaches can design enjoyable, stimulating and appropriate scenarios that replicate the actual game.
Coaches will enhance their understanding of game-based learning and its positive influence on player development.
ECB Skill Development for Children

Players require skills that are flexible and adaptable to perform and enjoy the game.
Understanding how to design appropriate practices is essential for skill development.
This workshop will allow coaches to create and share enjoyable group-based skill development practices for children within a club environment.

Each workshop is designed to run over one, three-hour face-to-face module supported by e-learning.

Pre-requisites for Certification

ECB Certificate in Coaching Children (or ECB Level 2/UKCC2 equivalent) Emergency 1st Aid Certificate, Safeguarding & Protecting Children, current DBS, aged 18+.

Child Course Diploma Course

Who Should Attend?

Coaches who want to develop specific expertise in coaching children’s cricket and who have attended all Coaching Childrens workshops and completed online and applied coaching tasks.


Two days, to include a one-day workshop with break then a regional assessment. Some applied home study and on-line E-Learning modules prior to assessment day.

Pre-requisites for Certification

ECB Certificate in Coaching Children (or ECB Level 2/UKCC2 equivalent) Emergency 1st Aid Certificate, Safe Guarding & Protecting Children, current DBS, aged 18 years at least to begin the course and Assessment. Those who have undertaken, attended and completed all of the Child Coach CPD Workshops and on-line E-Learning.