Coaches Association

The Middlesex Coaches Association (MCoA) plays a key role in the management of Middlesex cricket coaching activities.  It is responsible for coach affiliation and development, and makes an important contribution to the development of the coach education programme of courses.

The overarching national authority for cricket coaches is the England and Wales Cricket Board Coaches Association (ECB CA), the purpose of which is to inspire participation and maximise performance of cricket coaches and players. The ECB CA enables individuals to obtain formal coaching qualifications and accreditation, through coach education, and supports them through their coaching lives.  ECB CA offers, usually through county coaches’ associations, a range of services and products, which help coaches to continue to develop and to coach with confidence and peace of mind.

The MCoA is the ‘voice’ of ECB CA in Middlesex, it implements the principles of the ECB CA in the county, acts as a conduit for the flow of information between ECB CA members in Middlesex and the ECB CA itself (that is not passed directly) and helps coordinate cricket coaching activities in Middlesex, particularly coach development.

The MCoA works closely with the Participation Team (for coach education and coach development) and with the Youth Cricket Department (for coaching at the performance-level) to ensure the coordinated training, development and management of coaches in Middlesex, and to support coaching in the club, community and performance-level structure.

Role and Objectives of the MCoA


The role of the MCoA is to:

  • support and oversee the coaching activities of MCoA members
  • assist MCoA members to develop appropriately in accordance with the Middlesex Coach Pathway within the guidance given by the ECB CA
  • grow the membership to include all individuals coaching cricket in Middlesex
  • support members of the MCoA through local and national reward and recognition schemes
  • safeguard the interests and rights of the membership
  • seek assistance, financially and practically, from sponsors, sporting bodies, the local authority and other organisations to support the activity of the MCoA and its members - this will not preclude MCoA members from seeking funding as individuals.


Objectives of the MCoA. The objectives of the MCoA are to: •	maintain effective two-way communication with the membership •	increase and sustain membership of the ECB CA within Middlesex by -	encouraging all qualified coaches to join, especially newly-qualified coaches -	returning to membership those whose membership has lapsed -	retaining the existing membership base  •	act as the focus for coaching activities in Middlesex and report matters to Middlesex Cricket and the ECB •	manage the Middlesex Coach Pathway, aligned to the Middlesex Player Pathway •	help shape the Middlesex programme of coach training and development activities, in conjunction with the Director of Development and Head of Youth Cricket, to produce a single coherent coordinated programme of activity covering both ECB coach education courses and Middlesex coach development activities to help members of the MCoA progress along the Middlesex Coach Pathway.


Membership of the MCoA

There are two classes of MCoA membership – full membership and affiliate membership. Only full members are eligible to vote at MCoA meetings.

Full membership.  Full membership of the MCoA is open to current members of the ECB CA who are affiliated to Middlesex, usually by residing in Middlesex, being a member of a Middlesex club or having declared affiliation to Middlesex on joining the ECB CA.  To be a current member of ECB CA, coaches must hold a minimum of ECB Level 1 Coaching Award (or an ECB Level 1 NCA Teaching Award or an international equivalent), have successfully completed the Safeguarding and Protecting Children or online Safeguarding Young Cricketers qualification, hold a current first aid qualification and an up-to-date ECB vetting check (CRB or DBS).  Members must also have paid their annual ECB CA subscription.    Affiliate membership.  Affiliate membership of MCoA is open to coaches affiliated to Middlesex (usually by residing in Middlesex or being a member of a Middlesex club) who have not yet qualified for full membership.  They will have successfully attended the ECB Coach Support Worker Course, have successfully completed the Safeguarding and Protecting Children or online Safeguarding Young Cricketers qualification and hold an up-to-date ECB vetting check (CRB or DBS).  There is a one-off membership fee.  Benefits of membership.  The benefits of joining the MCoA are: •	reduced cost of membership to Middlesex CCC, including priority ticket application to test matches •	priority access to coaching courses •	access to a varied programme of coach development events for Middlesex coaches •	participation in the annual Middlesex Coaching Awards Scheme •	regular updates on coaching in Middlesex.

Annual Middlesex Coaching Awards

 Middlesex Coaches Association – 2017 Coaching Awards

The 2017 Middlesex Coaching Awards Scheme starts NOW.

 The Middlesex Coaches Association (MCoA) recognises and rewards the achievements of Middlesex coaches through the MCoA Annual Coaching Awards Scheme, which is part of the wider England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national scheme.

 These awards are open to MCoA Members coaching in Middlesex in the following three categories:

  • Young Coach of the Year Award
  • Coach of the Year Award
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cricket Coaching.

 The Middlesex award winners will receive an engraved trophy, be invited as a guest of the ECB to one day of an England match in 2018, and enter the ECB national coaching awards scheme.  The MCoA will also pay £100 to the winner of each category towards the cost of their attendance at the ECB CA National Conference and, additionally for the Young Coach of the Year, the MCoA will donate £100 towards the purchase of coaching equipment.

 The presentation to the Middlesex winners will take place on Thursday 23 November 2017 at Old Actonians CC.  The criteria for each award category are described in the linked documents on the right-hand side of this page with guidance notes for those nominating, along with the nomination forms for each of the three categories.

 Nominations on the appropriate form, with supporting justification from a MCoA proposer and seconder (club, school or community coaches), should be sent to Rod Croucher, Chairman MCoA Committee, by Sunday 29 October 2017 at this email address

 There has been some fantastic coaching in Middlesex in 2017, and these awards are one means of recognising and rewarding the excellent work of our Middlesex coaches, who have done so much for the game this year.  So start writing your nominations now.

MCoA Coaching Year

The MCoA ‘coaching year’  Each year is different for the MCoA but the general pattern of its activity during the MCoA ‘coaching year’ is: •	January – first MCoA Committee meeting (agree plan and budget for the year) •	February to March – coach development event •	March – second MCoA Committee meeting •	April -	coach development event for those coaching in clubs and at the performance-level -	consideration of any ‘applications’ to attend a Level 3 course •	August – MCoA Committee meeting (to agree criteria for annual Middlesex Coaching Awards) •	September  -	coach development event for those coaching in clubs -	publication of first version of coach education programme for following year •	October – MCoA Committee meeting (to select winners of annual Middlesex Coaching Awards) •	November – AGM and presentation of annual Middlesex Coaching Awards •	December – coach development event for those coaching performance-level players.

Support from Gray-Nicolls


Discount on all GN kit for MCoA Members MCoA branded clothing from Gray-Nicolls is now available.

You can really feel part of the Middlesex coaching community and wear our name with pride with this fantastic range of clothing.

The MCoA branded clothing can be purchased HERE through the Gray-Nicolls MCoA webshop.

To celebrate this huge step forward for the MCoA, Gray-Nicolls are offering MCoA Members a 10% discount on all Gray-Nicolls coaching equipment and clothing.

Non-branded clothing and equipment can also be purchased online through the Gray-Nicolls shop HERE

The discount offer is available during the months of October and November and can be accessed using this promotional code: ECBCAMIDSX


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