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THE Gloucestershire Cricket Board is supporting a new Master’s degree course which aims to dramatically enhance the employment prospects of graduates within the sport.

The University of Worcester is offering the four-year Integrated Master’s in Cricket Coaching and Management which will launch in September this year.

It is the only degree of its type in the UK and combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course.

It has been designed to offer an innovative combination of cricket coaching, management and development to equip graduates with operational, strategic and project management expertise.

The GCB, along with Worcestershire Cricket Board, will provide opportunities for work experience and placements, while the course is also supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Steve Silk, the chief executive of the GCB and who graduated from the University of Worcester with a sports science degree, said: “The Integrated Master’s in Cricket Coaching and Management offers a great deal to prospective students.

“The course successfully blends cricket specific content with key transferable skills that will provide graduates with an excellent skill set to be successful in both sport and business.

“The course will certainly enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of cricket, both on and off field, from the professional game to the grassroots.

“This is a really exciting, inclusive and diverse course for those passionate about cricket and wanting to help the future growth of the game throughout the country and overseas”.

Course leader Craig Williams added: “The programme has been developed after extensive consultation with various organisations at different levels of the game within the UK.

“These conversations and discussions have helped us greatly to shape our programme with our focus on developing graduates that are industry ready and can make a positive impact on the game.

“We are truly excited … we feel that the course will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to make a really positive impact on the growth and development of the game, not only in this country but also in various parts of the world.”

The entry requirement for the course is 112 UCAS Tariff points, including English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above, and a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent Level 3 qualifications).

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of achievement of IELTS at 6.0 (not less than 5.5 in any section) before the commencement of the course.

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is also required.

For further information, visit https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/cricket-coaching-and-management-integrated-masters

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