Coaching Qualifications

The PCA will fund ECB coach education courses in the following manner:

  • Level 1 – Fully Fund c£150

  • Level 2 – Fully Fund c£250

  • Level 3 – Fully Fund c£750

  • Level 4 – Part Fund c£1250


Level 3 information - W A R N I N G - Limited places for January 2016 intake - see below

The PCA and ECB are committed to helping players involved in the professional game who wish to develop their personal and coaching skills and continue to work in performance environments within the game.  The ECB L3 Performance Coach Course is 8 face-to-face contact time days spread over 3 months and is assessed through 6 coaching related tasks which contribute to the UK Coaching Certificate L3 qualification. This qualification is a pre-requisite to attending the ECB L4 Master Coach Programme.  It is expected that from induction to certification the L3 course will take anywhere between 3-6 months depending on personal circumstances.  To help coaches to completion every coach is appointed an experienced mentor to support them. The following active pre-requisites are required to attend the L3 programme and must be in place at the time of application: CRB check, Safeguarding & Protecting Children Certificate, and 1st Aid Certificate (note that each of these pre-requisites must be renewed every 3 years). 

The current L3 fee is £750. In order that coaches are committed to complete the qualification all coaches wishing to attend the L3 are required to meet the cost of the course initially which must accompany the application form with the course fee. On successful completion the PCA will reimburse the coach with the full fee. The course does require a significant investment in time from those attending and applicants should ensure that they can allocate sufficient study time before applying.  

WARNING - limited places for January 2016 intake - only 12 places available

Dates for the next ECB Performance Course (L3):

Module 1: Tuesday 12th January to Friday 15th January 2016

Module 2: Thursday 18th February to Friday 19th February 2016

Module 3: Wednesday 9th March to Thursday 10th March 2016

Applications are open from 1st September to 9th October at midday. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. For the course starting in January we only have 12 spaces available.
Online application form available is now open.

Please click here for the ECB online process.

If you would like more information relating to the ECB Performance Coach Course and the application form, please visit,2916,BP.html  and click on the relevant links. 

Please note that you will need to seek an endorsement from one of the approved Endorsing Bodies listed in the information prior to completing the application form. 

Click here to view the new process for the County Board nomination of Performance Coaches.Further information or questions relating to the course can be obtained by contacting by the ECB L3 Manager Keith Tomlins at or 07785 527101 or the Performance Coach Administrator Emily Brown on or 01509 228638

For information about when courses run in your area, contact the ECB coach education queries line on 0121 440 1748 or click here.

Gordon Lord, the ECB's Head of Elite Coach Development, discusses coaching as a career. Click here for the full interview.

NOTE: Reimbursement payments will ONLY be made upon course completion and your claim will not be processed unless full receipts are attached to your education funding education form.

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