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

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.  

The ECB will be opening applications for the next Performance Coach Course, which begins in January 2017.

The online application form will be available on their webpage from Thursday 1st September to Thursday 13th October at

In order to have time to organise the interview process, they will be strict about closing applications on 13th October.

To get your application processed, make sure you have all pre-requisites in place and get your application form endorsed by a recognised body. Ideally your own clubs or county boards.  Alternative to that I recommend a conversation with Keith Tomlins 07785527101 to gain ECB endorsement for your application.  The PDF from this link provides further details of the course and its pre requisites:

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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