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Online Training Courses for Volunteers


The place for club volunteers to view and book online training.

To support the fantastic volunteer network that exists within clubs and leagues we have created a one-stop-shop for all online courses, to help and support new and existing club volunteers.

We have broken the courses down into five areas.  Use the buttons below to skip to each area.


Google Digital Garage

Cricket clubs across England and Wales can benefit from digital skills webinars as part of a new partnership between the ECB and Google Digital Garage. Google Digital Garage is one of Google’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, where anyone can learn free digital skills through a range of courses and sessions.

The three webinars will run weekly on Tuesday mornings from 15 June, with each session live streamed on YouTube and lasting 60 minutes.

Monday 15th June 09:30 – Register here

Digital Marketing Strategy – An introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build strategy.

Monday 22nd June 09:30 – Register here

Get started with Digital Advertising – social, search and display advertising.

Monday 29th June 09:30 – Register here

Get Your Business Visible on Google – Learn how to increase your visibility to reach more people online.


Sport England – Club Matters

Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.

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The Association of Cricket Officials have launched of three, free of charge, online courses for anyone involved in cricket.  In addition, scorers can follow Sue Drinkwater’s series of live scoring demonstrations on a range of topics over on YouTube.

The ECB ACO online courses available are:

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

In addition, scorers can follow Sue Drinkwater’s (ECB ACO Scorer Education Manager) series of live scoring demonstrations on her ‘RunsWktsOvers’ channel on YouTube.


Basics of Umpiring

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.

Register here


It’s Your Call – Umpire Education Stage One

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*

*All over 16s will need an ECB DBS to secure full membership, but will be joined as Associate members until they are able to get the certificate. For more information on DBS’ please contact Chris Munden.

Register here


Basics of Scoring

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.

Register here


RunsWktsOvers – Live YouTube Demonstrations for Scorers

Sue Drinkwater’s (ECB ACO Scorer Education Manager) is delivering series of live scoring demonstrations over on her YouTube channel.  Covering everything from the basics of scoring, the various methods, including linear scoring to ‘Score Alongs’ and more advanced demos with Q&As. We encourage all scorers to head over to YouTube and subscribe to Sue’s channel.

For further information on umpiring and scoring please contact:

Visit RunsWktsOvers YouTube Channel





Inspiring the next generation of cricketers is crucial and coaches at clubs are a key part of doing this. This is the perfect time for coaches develop and learn new skills to help the players they work with to improve when cricket resumes.


iCoachCricket Live

The ECB have launched a series of coaching webinars, held every Thursday afternoon at 14:00, to continue to develop and support coaches. So far there have been various high profile guests, including Jane Powell, Ashley Giles and Peter Such – the recordings are available in the Kitbag area of iCoachCricket here.

For more information on how to register your place at the next Live Webinar, please contact


iCoachCricket Resources Update

The ECB recently overhauled the iCoach Cricket online interface and mobile app, which has improved the user experience and bettered the help and support of new and existing coaches with improved content.

Register here


ECB Coach Ambassador

This e-learning workshop has been designed to help develop your confidence and equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills to recruit coaches, advocate coaching and help coaches unlock their potential.

Those most passionate about developing players should consider becoming an ECB Coaching Ambassador, a 40-minute e-learning module.


Young Volunteers

The Cricket Activators Course aims to encourage young people to get more involved as cricket volunteers. The course will provide the skills and knowledge needed to volunteer in a wide variety of roles in clubs, community and education.

To become a Cricket Activator, you can complete an e-learning module.


UK Coaching

UK Coaching know there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to do what you love. But while the spread of the virus may be preventing you gathering with your teams and participants, it cannot stop you gathering knowledge and growing your coaching skills during this exasperating but unavoidable pause in play. UK Coaching would like to help you use your downtime effectively, so that when things return to normal you will be stronger for the experience.

To this end, they have temporarily unlocked 10 of their most valuable subscriber resources making them available to all registered on UK Coaching.

Each week UK Coaching will be holding a conversation through their ‘Curious Coaches Club’ about a particular coaching topic that they know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about.

The ‘Curious Coaches Club’ will have three parts to it:

  1. Watch ‘A Conversation About…’ between expert coaches live on a Monday or on-demand via or their You Tube channel.
  2. Engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday via smaller informal gatherings of coaches hosted by one of the UK Coaching team.
  3. Continue the conversation via the community aspect of ‘Connected Coaches’ hosted on their website.

Over the coming weeks UK Coaching will be following this process to talk about all sorts of different topics and feel free to share with them if there are any specific topics, discussions or coaches you would like to hear from and they will see what they can do.

Grounds Maintenance

The GMA have produced Online Cricket Grounds Maintenance Course & Back to Play Webinar to upskill and support Club groundskeepers and their teams/helpers.


Level 1 Cricket Grounds Maintenance

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have a range of training courses that are suitable for the professional to the  grass roots volunteer and 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 develop a new understanding or build on your experiences:

  • 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. Following the 3 modules, the GMA will sprovide groundskeepers with additional topics to support further progression and continued learning.

Cost – £25.00 (inc. VAT)

Register here


GMA Back to Play Webinar

On Wednesday 13th May the GMA ran their first webinar on “Back to Play” which proved very popular. Watch the recording.

Their next webinar will take place on Wednesday 10 June.  More information can be found on the GMA website.



We have missed contact time for latter part of March and the whole of April & May, this has had a significant impact on the number of CWO’s we have been able to get fully compliant. To confirm the requirements of a club CWO for a normal year:

  • ECB DBS. This has to be ECB and we cannot accept any other DBS
  • Safe Hands Workshop for Club Welfare Officers
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children’s Workshop

As we find ourselves in a unique situation, the ECB have altered the pre-requisites required of fulfilling the role of a club CWO. For 2020, CWO’s will need the below:

  • Online Safeguarding Young Cricketers certificate (SYC).
  • If you either haven’t attended or your Safe Hands certificate has lapsed you will have to view an ECB Safe Hands Webinar. More information will follow regarding this! This will only be valid for 12 months


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

To initiate a DBS, please send the following information to Chris Munden:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Preferred email address
  • Cricket Club name and your role at the club

You will then receive an email from the DBS system, asking you to complete an application form online. Once you have done this, you need to email Chris a copy of the 3 identification documents. Following this, you will need to agree a time with Chris to hold a ‘Microsoft Teams meeting’ where Chris will be able to verify your application. This is a new process the ECB have brought in during this isolation period.


Safeguarding Young Cricketers

You will need to complete the online Safeguarding Young Cricketers Certificate. To complete this course please click here to register yourself:

Afterwards you will need to logon to in order to complete it, this isn’t usually instant. You may have to wait after registering before it appears in your ELearning. If you haven’t got a password then click on forgotten password.

If you have done this course with another organisation and it is still in date, please email the certificate to Chris and we will mark you down as compliant.


Safe Hands

You will need to do the ECB online Webinar when it becomes available, this will be early June. We will be providing the ECB with a list of names and will do that when requested. You will be contacted in the near future about this. There will be two different Webinars, you will only need to do one of them:

  • One for CWO’s who have already attended a course but it has now expired
  • One for new CWO’s

Please remember, clubs that don’t have a fully qualified CWO will be ineligible to play in any league cricket as this is a pre-requisite.

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