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FdSc Cricket Coaching and Performance

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The course is designed to develop highly trained and qualified graduates with the academic knowledge, coaching experience and practical skills to gain rewarding and exciting careers within the cricket industry. Based around the work of a modern cricket coach, students are encouraged to develop innovative and contemporary ideas which are underpinned by traditional values and practices to advance their own practical abilities throughout their time on the course. It should be noted that it is not a pre-requisite to be a gifted and talented cricketer to succeed on the course. However, it is important to have an enthusiasm for playing, and a strong interest in coaching.

Modules focusing on the science of sport are aimed at developing an awareness of the physiological, psychological and biomechanical factors linked to successful performance, whilst further modules cover coaching styles and philosophies, cricket practices, delivery techniques, skill acquisition, and the factors implicated in elite sporting performance. Students will also gain an understanding of sports and event management, marketing, and sport development through the delivery of their own cricket tournament in association with the Lancashire Cricket Board’s (LCB) Education Department. The course also covers the organisation, structure and development of community sports clubs whilst increasing the awareness of talent identification and player development.

Students are further encouraged to develop their coaching skills through a peer mentoring programme, as well as engaging with extra-curricular coaching opportunities within local primary and secondary schools (subject to DBS clearance). Opportunities will also be available to achieve recognised qualifications including the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Coach Support Worker and Level II Certificates in Coaching Cricket, and other cricket and coaching related qualifications (at own cost).

Utilising the strong links with Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), the LCB, Cumbria Cricket Board and local cricket clubs and schools, the course focuses on player development within community, club, and high performance environments. Students are offered a range of opportunities to develop their coaching skills and gain vital experience, on and off the field, from organising and delivering competitions to training principles and analysis. The strong vocational ethos of the course encourages students to become proactive in the creation of links with a range of industry contacts and community partners (especially during the Academic and Vocational Skills, Industry Project, and Research Development modules), makes the course an ideal choice for anyone wanting to develop their knowledge of cricket from a vocational perspective.

Students have access to regular training by highly qualified and experienced coaches, four individual bay cricket nets, bowling machines, industry standard analysis equipment and a fully equipped fitness suite. The Academy also makes use of the Indoor Cricket School at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Course modules

Year 1

Coaching Principles and Practice

This module develops students’ understanding of the essential philosophies, styles, and practices of cricket coaching; including technique and skill acquisition, practical delivery techniques, equity in coaching, and child protection and the law. The practical nature of the course allows students to gain experience in a variety of coaching environments to support the acquisition of the theoretical principles covered within the module.

Sports Performance (Double module)

This module introduces students to the evaluation and development of cricket performance. Through effective performance analysis, students will be able to provide comprehensive player profiles and evaluations to facilitate player development. Through a variety of practical experiences, and reinforcing the main concepts established in the Coaching Principles and Practice module, students will utilise the player profiles to develop a knowledge and understanding of the coaching principles and concepts, as well as the strength and conditioning practices that allow them to deliver holistic coaching sessions that focus on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological skills of individual players as well as a team.

Introduction to Sport Science

The ECB have identified the vital role that sports science plays in the optimisation of a player’s performance. Therefore, the module focuses on the three main areas of sport science commonly utilised in cricket coaching; physiology, psychology and biomechanics. Students will apply these areas to cricket specific situations to demonstrate their understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the coaching process. This module provides an understanding of Sport Science that will underpin and facilitate learning across the two years of study.

Coaching and Pedagogy

This module develops student’s understanding of the learning process and the pedagogical tools to optimise learning and facilitate becoming an effective cricket coach. The module will support applications to teacher training courses where an understanding of educational theories and concepts is essential. Students will also develop their leadership behaviours and develop graduate skills that will support future employment and educational applications.

Academic and Vocational Skills

Utilising the strong links with Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Education Department, Cumbria Cricket Board and local cricket clubs and schools, students will record and reflect upon the experience of developing the practical and technical skills that are central to future academic and employment applications.

Year 2

Coaching for Sport Performance

This module is designed to progress the knowledge, skills and understanding gained during the Coaching Principles and Practice, Sports Coaching, and Coaching Pedagogy modules completed during Year 1. Throughout the module, a central focus will see students encouraged to reflect upon their own practice to develop a coaching philosophy that will positively impact upon their coaching behaviours, methods and style.

Research Development

The module aims to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research in an academic and vocational context to support dissertation and project work at higher levels of academic study. The module will include information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis, and writing skills.

Sports Performance Analysis

This module provides a framework within which students apply the knowledge of the coaching process, developmental techniques and strategies, and the roles and requirements of cricket coaches to the design and delivery of suitable coaching interventions. Students will utilise appropriate techniques and technologies to evaluate and profile the physical, mental, tactical, technical and lifestyle development attributes of cricketers. This will include a review of the scientific elements of training and performance, with students engaging in appropriate coaching practicals to elaborate upon the theoretical themes.

Talent Identification and Sport Development

Students will gain an understanding of the performance pathways established by the ECB and other sporting organisations to develop players to their full potential. A variety of approaches to talent identification and player development will be reviewed, including relative age effects, the psychological characteristics of developing excellence, and the impact of growth and maturation upon training and performance. The module will also cover coach development and examine the support mechanisms which aid player and coach progression. Graduate skills will be developed which are integral in cricket coaching, player identification, scouting, and development.

Industry Project

Utilising a structured work environment, students will identify a suitable project and work with their supervisor in developing and managing the project before reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the module to strengthen current professional working relationships and identify potential career options. This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Academic and Vocational Skills module.

Lifestyle, Recovery and Rehabilitation

The importance of being in peak physical condition is increasingly being recognised in modern cricket. By building upon the underpinning knowledge and understanding developed during the Introduction to Sport Science module in Year 1, students will gain an understanding of exercise, nutrition, health, recovery strategies, and sport injuries. Students will apply academic theory to the development of athlete lifestyles, training and game recovery, monitoring training load and fatigue, and injury pre-habilitation and rehabilitation.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

• 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above

• BTEC/C&G Level 3

• 2 Scottish Highers at C or above

• 3 Irish Highers at C or above

• International Baccalaureate at 24 points

• NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline

AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.

Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.


Students will complete a variety of assessments including delivery of practical coaching sessions, performance planning and analysis, essays, multimedia presentations, reports, multiple choice tests, presentations, group work and mini projects.

What work experience can I get?

There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.


On successful completion of the course, students may apply for BA (Hons) Sports Coaching or BA (Hons) Sports Studies.

Professional accreditations

The College works closely with the English Cricket Board, Cumbria Cricket Board, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Activate Sport and the Lancashire Cricket Board

Special requirements

Students should always be prepared for practical sessions, and are required to maintain a presentable appearance when representing the College in the community.

As such, it is expected that students will have the required specialist clothing and equipment, including suitable indoor and outdoor footwear, Myerscough Cricket training kit, and protective equipment such helmets, pads and gloves.

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course:

· Compulsory Pre-Season Myerscough Cricket Clothing Pack - £115

· Myerscough Cricket Playing Pack - £70

· DBS Check

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

· Coaching Awards: Individually Priced

UCLan Sports Scholarship

The University of Central Lancashire offers opportunities for student athletes to be supported with their aspirations of maintaining their playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree. Our panel will consider applicants as part of the admissions cycle and will offer support to those they feel will make a valuable contribution to the University’s sporting objectives. Find out more and how to apply on their website.