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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
The GMA have produced Online Cricket Grounds Maintenance Course 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)
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:
- ECB DBS
- 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: http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/m6qg0y.
Afterwards you will need to logon to https://elearning.ecb.co.uk 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.
Club Welfare Officers play a vital role in keeping children and young people in cricket safe.
To ensure that Club Welfare Officers have all the knowledge and skills needed to continue to perform the role effectively; we have created an online Safe Hands webinar in place of the face-to-face course.
There are two slightly different webinars available, one for new Club Welfare Officers and one refresher for Club Welfare Officers that have already attended a Safe Hands course in the past. Please select the webinar that is appropriate for you.
Once you have booked your place, you will also receive a link to the Safeguarding Young Cricketers course within 24 hours.
Safe Hands Webinar for new Club Welfare Officers
Safe Hands Refresher Webinar for existing Club Welfare Officers