Welcome to our Shropshire Coaches Page
Here you will find information you can use to help support the development of coaches. Attached information includes our current available coach education courses and the benefits of the ECB Coaches Association membership scheme including resources.
In order to try to make our coach education courses as easily accessible as possible, we locate our courses strategically around the county in the best possible venues available to help create an excellent learning environment for those who attend. UKCC1 and UKCC2 courses are often subsidised by SCB Coaches Association when candidates successfully complete the course. As a note, candidates must undertake an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check (CRB) through cricket. Other checks will not apply.
We are advocates of the ECB Coaches Association and we strongly recommend you become a member to receive all the coaching benefits to help support you in your coaching vocation or career. There are now approximately 250 coaches in Shropshire who are members. For the small sum of £30 per year to join, it is simply a 'No Brainer'. The application form for prospective members can be found in the downloads section on this page
The membership form is available from the Download section, and you can contact Ian Gregory (pictured above), for more information.
Contact Ian Gregory for further information: 01952 265676 | Email Ian
SCB Tutor - Chris Dirkin
Playing • Clubs – Madeley, Shifnal, Newport, Wellington - played since 1978 • Representative – Shropshire U16s in 1984 Shropshire League Teams in the mid 90s • Won the old Shropshire Premier League bowling averages in 1999 • Highest Score in the old Shropshire Premier League 120 v Perkins CC in 2000 • Played Rugby for Shropshire in the 90s
Coaching • Level 3 Coach (attended the inaugural ECB Level 3 course in 1997) • Coached SCB and Herefordshire Cricket Board County Age Groups • Current SCB Emerging Player Coach • Coached Wellington CC 1XI in 2003 to the Birmingham & District Premier League Title. (First Shropshire Club to win it)
Coach Education • Youngest appointed Staff Coach in the country in 1991 • Current Level 3 Tutor for the ECB and Head Field Based Trainer for SCB • Supports the ECB with the delivery of their National Level 3 programme • Has supported circa 1500 coaches through to successful completion on local and national coach education courses since 1991 • Also delivers Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshops for ScUK and County Boards
Other Coach Education Support • Project designed and project managed the ECB’s National Coaches Conference 'Standing up for Spin' in 2006 for 480 delegates/staff over 2 days • Project designed the ECBs National Coaches Conference 'Setting the Pace' in 2008 for 480/staff delegates • Project designed and project managed the ECB’s 'Howzat' Education DVD Rom Resource for Coaches and Teachers in 2007/08 • Wrote the ECB’s 'Cricket for Teachers' and 'Working in Schools' cricket education courses in 2007/08 • Project designed and project managed 3 ECB CA 'Wings to Fly' coaches DVDs between 2005 – 08, 'Standing up for Spin', 'Setting the Pace' and 'Coaching One Day Cricket' • Project designed and project managed the original Coaches, Pack, Club Coaching Pack and other bespoke coaching resources in line with coach education courses • Project designed and project managed a range of other coaching publications including 'Hitting the Seam' newsletter and 'Coaches Matter' technical bulletins between 2005 & 2008
SCB Tutor - Dave Nock
Playing • Played for Lilleshall, St Georges, Tibberton and Newport CC with a career spanning 35 years • Held the Banks’s League record for runs in a season in 1999 with 1342 runs • Broke his record of 1342 in 1999 with 1383 runs in 2001 • Top order batsman who was also an accomplished wicket keeper • Semi professional footballer at clubs including Shifnal, Bridgnorth and Welshpool FC over a 20 year period (Goal Keeper) – retired in 2000
Coaching • Passed as a ECB Level 3 Coach in 2004 • Coached on Shropshire County Age Group programmes since 1996 • Current Head Coach for Shropshire’s Emerging Player Programme • Head coach of the successful U14 squad in 2009 & 2010 respectively
Coach Education • Accredited as an ECB Level 2 Tutor and Assessor in 2008 • Currently delivers coach education programmes for SCB Coaches Association in line with SCB Club workforce requirements.
Other Coach Education Support • Current Chairman of SCB Coaches Association since 2008 • Offers mentoring and support to other coaches in Shropshire • Designed and manages the SCB Emerging Player Programme
SCB Tutor - Rod Jones
Playing • Whitchurch CC man and boy since 1975 • Right arm off spin and middle order batsman • Best performance – 8 for 44 against Shifnal – late 90s • Whitchurch Alport Football Club for 22 Years – Right back
Coaching • Accredited as an ECB Level 3 coach in 2002 • Coached SCB County Age Groups since 1997 • Recently Coached SCB U17s in the ECB National A Division in 2010 • Coached Shropshire CCC in 2008/09 • Currently Academy Coach at Ellesmere College • SCB Emerging Player Coach
Coach Education • Accredited as an ECB Level 2 Tutor and Assessor in 2003 • Trainee Field Based Trainer and Internal Verifier since 2010 • Currently delivers coach education programmes for SCB Coaches Association in line with SCB club workforce requirements • Supported circa 650 coaches through to completion on coach education courses in Shropshire and neighbouring counties since 2003
Other Coach Education Support • Current Vice Chairman of SCB Coaches Association since 2008 • Offers mentoring and support to other coaches in Shropshire • FA Level 1 coach • Clubmark Officer for SCB since 2008
SCB Tutor - Guy Thompson
Playing • Smethwick CC 1972 – 1982 and Bridgnorth CC 1986 onwards • Top order batsman – Right hand • Best performance – 200 v Wellington 2nd XI in 1995 • Played County Junior Age Group cricket for Worcestershire and the Midlands • Represented Worcestershire as a junior at swimming and football • Represented the Midlands at football
Coaching • Coached SCB County Age Groups since 2000 – current squad Shropshire U15s • Currently coaches at Bridgnorth CC • Current ECB Level 2 coach • Supports SCB Emerging Player Programme
Coach Education • Accredited as an ECB Level 1 Tutor and Assessor in 2010 • Currently delivers coach education programmes for SCB Coaches Association in line with SCB club workforce requirements
Other Coach Education Support • Offers mentoring and support to other coaches in Shropshire • Clubmark Officer for Bridgnorth CC since 2008
SCB Tutor - Louise Pugh
Playing • Shropshire Women, Pontesbury CC (Mens League) and Quatt CC(Womens League) • Cardiff University 1999-2002, UCCE Glamorgan 2002 • Represented Wales on National tour of Barbados 2005 • Right hand bat – Right arm Bowler • Played league football until 2002, represented England in Junior World Cup in Duisburg, Germany 1995
Coaching • Coached SCB County Age Groups 2005-2010 • Coached Wales County Age group 2002-2005 • Current ECB Level 2 coach (studying for ECB Level 3) • Currently represent Pontesbury CC in Chance to Shine Programme
Coach Education • Accredited as an ECB Level 1 Tutor in 2009 • Currently delivers coach education programmes for SCB Coaches Association in line with SCB club workforce requirements, including first all-female Young Leaders course in 2011.
Other Coach Education Support • Offers mentoring and support to other coaches in Shropshire • FA Level 1 coach
SCB Tutor - Ian Gregory
Playing: Played for Bridgnorth CC until 2008 in the Birmingham & District Premier League Divisions 2 & 3, making 1st Team debut at 16 (scoring 46 vs Pelsall CC) with a highest 1st Team score of 63 (vs Newport in 2007). Highest score of 154 for Bridgnorth CC 2nd XI (versus Tamworth) and best bowling figures of 6/48 (versus Bromsgrove CC). Moved to Whitchurch CC in 2009, securing 2 promotions with the club to the Birmingham League Division 2 (2009) and Division 1 (2011). Highest first team score of 72 (vs Old Hill CC, 2009). Moved to Quatt CC in mid 2012 season, scoring 75* in first competitive league innings for the club. Represented SCB junior age groups from u11-17s, as well as Shropshire CCC u21s for 4 consecutive seasons. Played alongside James Taylor, Dan Redfern and Jack Shantry in Shropshire u17s side in 2005. Also member of Bridgnorth Hockey Club, playing in the club’s 2nd & 3rd XIs.
Coaching: UKCC2 Level 2 coach, passed in 2009 with Leicestershire Cricket Board and went on to coach Leicestershire North District squads and Leicestershire Cricket Board u112/12s county sides. Lead coach for SCB u15 girls since 2011 as well as 1:2 coach for SCB u13 girls squad as well as supporting other age group and district sides. SCB Girls EPP head coach since the programme started in summer 2012.
Coach Education: Attended ECB National Tutor training in September 2011, currently undergoing accreditation and supported practice including delivery of UKCC1 courses and Cricket Young Leader courses, delivering these in line with SCB Club Workforce requirements.
Other Coach Education support: SCB lead Strength & Conditioning coach – has designed and implemented a fitness testing programme in line with ECB recommendations for SCB age group squads as well as the creation of a support resource pack for all county squad players and coaches on S&C exercises. Worked alongside Chris Dirkin & Chris Rogers to set up the SCB Youtube channel which includes fitness and conditioning support videos. Administrates the SCB Coach Education programme.
ECB Cricket Young Leaders Award - 6 hours
Cricket Young Leaders - Target Audience: 14-18 year olds
The aim of the Cricket Young Leaders Award is to raise the profile of cricket within a Young Leadership role, inspire Young Leaders to get actively involved with cricket and help provide additional support for Kwik Cricket tournaments. Get Involved Certificate: Once a candidate has completed 10 hours of voluntary time the individual can choose to receive a 'Get Involved' certificate. This certificate can then be used for evidence in logging volunteer hours for a range of volunteer and sports leadership awards e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, CSLA, JSLA, Young Leaders courses can be run on request by clubs at their venue (if suitable) and schools who are actively involved with a local cricket club. 8 attendees will be required to run this course. - (TOP)
ECB Coaching Assistant UKCC1 - 12 hours
The course is aimed at beginner coaches who will be able to 'assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision'. This role may include running warm ups, cool downs, small sided games and small group work. The course is essentially designed for parents and volunteers starting on the coaching pathway.
The course will help coaches prepare for, deliver and review cricket coaching sessions. It will enable them to: • Introduce and develop the game of cricket to people of all ages in a safe and enjoyable way • Improve players (as people as well as cricketers) • Develop coaching skills, knowledge and qualities • Demonstrate competence against UKCC/National standards for coaches. The programme consists of four three-hour modules and a final assessment. - (TOP)
ECB Coaching Award UKCC2 - 24 hours
The role of the ECB Coach Award (UKCC 2) holder is to be able to -
'Prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions'. This course will help you to be able to:
• Introduce and develop the game of cricket to people of all ages in a fun and enjoyable way • Develop FUNdaMENTAL movement skills
• Develop and improve players (as people as well as cricketers) particularly at FUNdaMENTAL and L2T stages of the LTAD model
• Develop your coaching skills, knowledge and qualities • Demonstrate competence against UKCC2/National Standard for coaches
Summary of UKCC 2 - Coach Award Requirements
To fulfil the course requirements, you have to: • Attend the Good Practice and Child Protection Course (or equivalent) • Attend the Cricket Coach First Aid Appointed Persons course (or equivalent) • Complete the assignments set following Modules 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 • Complete the home study packs and associated assessments prior to Module 4 and prior to Module 5 • Complete successfully the support practice module (minimum of 6 sessions of at least 30 minutes each, rising to one hour) • Submit your record of coaching and assignments prior to your assessment day • Attend an assessment day where you will be asked to coach a group of players and have a follow up viva on this and your record of coaching and assignments with and ECB assessor • Demonstrate all the competences required for an ECB Coach Award (UKCC2). - (TOP)
Coach Development Workshops (CDW)
The primary target audience for the new Coach Development Workshops are coaches who have attended the new UKCC2 course. These workshops are designed to act as 'stepping stones' for individuals who wish to work towards attending either the UKCC3 course or the Club Coach Course.
Coaches can also access these as CPD (Continual Professional Development). A certificate of attendance will be issued for each workshop attended. Holding a CRB, a valid First Aid Certificate and a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate is a pre-requisite for attending the workshops.
These workshops will include content similar to the previous ECB Level II course but new developments have meant that we can include some updated information that we feel is valuable for coaches at this level. These workshops will be three hours in duration.
Coach Development Workshops - CDW 1
CDW 1 – Developing Batters – 3 hours
• Revision of key principles
• Pre-delivery movements
• Additional shots
• Coaching opportunities
Coach Development Workshops - CDW 2
CDW 2 – Using video when working with batters – 3 hours
• Practical use of video
• Reinforcement of technical information
• Highlighting strengths in players
• Addressing problems
• Tactical considerations
Coach Development Workshops - CDW 3
CDW 3 – with bowlers and using video cameras – 3 hours
• Practical use of cameras
• Revision of key principles
• Observation and analysis practice
• Seam and spin variations
• Tactical considerations
Coach Development Workshops - CDW 4
CDW 4 – Working in the Nets – 2-3 hours
• Purposes of nets
• Advantages and disadvantages
• Revision of net management
• Practical coaching opportunity
• Net variations
• Using bowling machines
Coach Development Workshops - CDW 5
CDW 5 – Working with Wicket Keepers and Fielders – 3 hours
• Additional keeping techniques
• Practical coaching practice
• Using drills with keepers
• Additional fielding techniques
• What makes a good fielding drill?
Coach Development Workshops - CDW 6
CDW 6 – Coaching a Team – 2-3 hours
• Pre-match preparation
• Role of coach during match
• Post match work
• Using games in training
• Planning club nights - (TOP)
Training Methods Workshop - 2-3 hours
This workshop has been designed to help coaching assistants manage (under direct supervision from a more qualified coach) players within a net environment. It will also enable coaching assistants to consider when players would benefit from working in the nets as well as providing alternative training activities.
Pre-requisites for attending the Training Methods Workshop are: ECB Level 1 (pre 2004) or Coaching Award (pre 1997) or Coaching Assistant (UKCC1) & a valid First Aid Certificate, a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate and a current CRB clearance. It will enable coaching assistants to:
• Manage a net (under direct supervision from a more qualified coach) • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of working in a net environment • Run alternative activities in a net environment • Introduce, run and adapt a cricket circuit • Introduce, run and adapt Pairs cricket
After completing the course Coaching Assistants may wish to consider attending the ECB Coach course (UKCC2)
Will Coaching Assistants be insured to work in a net environment having attended the course? Coaching Assistants will be covered if they are a member of the ECB CA and 'Assist under direct supervision a more qualified cricket coach in managing in a net environment'
NOTE: 'Direct supervision' in this instance means that the more qualified cricket coach will be present and leading the coaching session. - (TOP)
Working in Schools Module – 6 hours
The Working in Schools programme has been developed to allow coaches to make a practical connection between the requirements of the National Curriculum and how cricket can be used to deliver the striking and fielding unit of the PE curriculum.
Programme Outline - High Quality PE
10 pupil outcomes. Maximising learning time.
Delivering Cricket at Key Stage 2
Examples of what PE offers for children. Integrating Aspects of Knowledge of PE at Key Stage 2. Modelling a Teaching Games for Progression opportunities and Understanding Approach (TGFU) Levels of Attainment. Safety and risk assessment for the National Curriculum. Planning for & reflecting on coaching practice. Recognising Aspects of Knowledge
Using the Howzat! Resource - Delivering Cricket at Key Stage 3
Curriculum aims. Range and content, curriculum opportunities The importance of physical education - Key Stage 3 Key Concepts. Integrating the Key Processes - (TOP)
Cricket for Teachers – 6 hours
The England and Wales Cricket Board through the roll out of the Cricket for Teachers (CRfT) and Working in Schools (WiS) programme will assist and support the delivery of high quality PE and school sport by teachers and other adults supporting learning within schools. The WiS programme has been developed to allow coaches to make a practical connection between the requirements of the National Curriculum and how cricket can be used to deliver the striking and fielding unit of the PE curriculum.
The CRfT programme will help teachers, teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants and other adults supporting learning within schools understand how cricket can be used to deliver high quality PE and school sport.
Both CRfT and WiS programmes have been designed to ensure a consistent approach to delivery within schools whilst equipping coaches and teachers to create relationships through the use of a common language. By developing the skills of the teachers and coaches cricket can have a positive impact on whole school improvement. - (TOP)
Coaching Insurance Cover Advice – The ECB Coaches Assoc.
It is important for any club to ensure that it carries appropriate insurance (including public liability) to cover the club's likely risks and liability to its members, players, helpers and the general public. ECB are aware that in some circumstances coaches, particularly those without any formal coaching qualifications, may either not be covered under the general club insurance policy or may have only very limited cover.
It may be the case that without the proper cover, the coach is not covered in the event of any accident or injury that he or she suffers and/or that the club may not be insured in the event that the coach's activities give rise to any loss or damage for which the club is ultimately responsible.
We would therefore advise that each club checks its current (and any future) insurance policy with great care. As you may be aware, not only does the ECB Coaches Association (ECB CA) provide training and recognition of an individual's coaching qualification but membership of the ECB CA automatically includes certain minimum levels of public liability, employers liability and personal accident cover.
If coaches do not hold a qualification recognised by ECB, they will not be able to become members of ECB CA. We would therefore encourage them to seek an appropriate qualification. - (TOP)
The ECB Coaches Association
£25 a year to join..It’s a no brainer
The ECB Coaches Association (ECB CA) performs a key role in supporting the ECB's Coach Education and Development programmes and its member coaches. The ECB CA provides a range of high quality membership services and an infrastructure of local County Board Coaches Associations which take responsibility for, on behalf of the ECB, the organisation, delivery and assessment of the key elements of the ECB's Coach Education and Development Programmes.
Join ECB Coaching Association Now!
• Get access to up to date coaching news and information - here on the ECB CA site • Get the right clothing and resources to support you as a coach • Get insurance to cover you when you coach
Benefits include: Technical Bulletins - Coaches Matter
• A visual poster for display • Technical information and photos provided in easy to follow instructions
'Wings to Fly' DVD Series
• Practical skills and practices • Up to date coaching methods and styles
• Presented by top coaches and players
• Wallet sized card providing useful contact information
Licensed Clothing & Equipment Catalogue
• Wear the three lions - it's priceless • Coaching equipment and resources
• Online shop www.ecbcashop.co.uk/
• Every two years - not to be missed • A residential conference held biennially
• Practical and theory sessions presented by top coaches and players
• Four star accommodation, conference pack and conference gala dinner
• Keep up to date with what’s going on in the coaching world at www.ecbca.co.uk
Hitting the Seam
• Newsletter in March & September • Local, Regional and National news and events
• Cricket reports • Domestic and national fixtures plus ground locations
• Local and Regional Coaches Association Representatives
• Introduced to give you peace of mind when coaching • Public Liability - £5,000,000
• Employers Liability - £10,000,000 • Personal Accident Cover • Legal Expenses
• Legal & Tax Helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - (TOP)
Coaching - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have very limited knowledge of cricket and very little experience of working in a coaching or teaching environment - what course would be most appropriate for me? The ECB Coaching Assistant course.
Q: I hold the ECB Level I award and wish to upgrade to the ECB Coach Award. How can I do this? There are several components of the Coach Award that were not included in the ECB Level I. From September 2004 attendance on a series of short workshops (2-3 hours) followed by assessment against the Coach Award (UKCC Level 2) criteria. In addition all ECB Coach Award holders will be required to have attended, within the last three years, the Good Practice & Child Protection workshop, an appropriate First Aid course and have completed a CRB disclosure. We would also strongly recommend membership of ECB Coaches Association.
Q: I did my ECB Level II in February 2004 - can I still get on to ECB Level III? Yes, the application process for the ECB Level III will remain in place until January 2006. The new Head Coach (UKCC3) Award will be piloted in May 2006 prior to a formal launch in September 2006. Applicants for the new award, who hold the current ECB Level II will be required to attend a series of workshops prior to acceptance.
Q: I completed the ECB Coach Award (UKCC 2). I want to get on the ECB Head Coach (UKCC3) Award as soon as I can. What do I need to do? There are a series of accredited Coach Development Workshops which must be attended leading into the Head Coach qualification. - (TOP)
Energize, the County Sports Partnership for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, has recently purchased CoachWeb, an online sports coach management tool for organisations engaging, communicating and working with coaches and instructors. CoachWeb is now being used by a large number of County Sports Partnerships across England, and it has proven to be a very useful tool for both coaches and potential employers of coaches alike. The system will be managed by Emma Passant, the Coaching Development Manager for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
Please refer to the 'CoachWeb' download for further information about how this can support coaches and the benefits offered. To register to CoachWeb please visit the Coach England website.
STW Coaching Survey
Who should complete the survey? • All sports coaches, paid or unpaid, living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin • Coaches looking for qualifications, training opportunities or employment • Coaches who want to be kept informed of local events and developments in coaching
What are the benefits of completing the survey? • Get access to information on a range of topics • Find out about any coach education and development opportunities running in your local area • Get information on job opportunities across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin • You get to tell us what you want from your support service
We urge everyone interested to complete the survey and become part of the new support system for coaching in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. If you are an organisation or club that employs coaches can you please also encourage your coaches to complete the survey. The survey can be completed online now and should take around 15 minutes. - (TOP)
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