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.

Middlesex salutes winners of the 2017 Coaching Awards


Members of the Middlesex Coaches Association (MCoA) met recently to celebrate a successful year of coaching in the county and to recognise the achievements of the winners of the 2017 Middlesex Coaching Awards.  It was a wonderful evening with members enjoying the company of our guests for the evening - Angus Fraser, Richard ‘Jono’ Johnson the Middlesex bowing coach and Rory Coutts who runs the Middlesex youth programme.


The ‘Young Coach of the Year Award’ was won by Mark Barrell who began his coaching career with Winchmore Hill CC where he was an integral part of the coaching team.  Earlier this year, Mark started as an apprentice participation coach with the Middlesex Participation Team and, from the beginning, he displayed a real ‘can do’ attitude delivering great work in the school and community programmes across the County.  Here’s a quote from a teacher in Islington ‘…Our final cricket session with Mark from Middlesex Cricket Club today!  What an incredible experience… for our Year 3 classes.  An incredible opportunity to develop not only skills in cricket, but also team work, perseverance and opportunities to strive for success… The quality was fantastic, and Mark is a real credit to Middlesex, the children loved him…’.  Since then, Mark has taken on a full-time participation coaching role; Middlesex is fortunate to have such great young coaches as Mark.


Jim Clarke was awarded the ‘Coach of the Year Award’ for his outstanding work at Winchmore Hill CC.  Over the past two years, Jim has built a strong rapport with the schools and children in Enfield Borough – he has established a cricket presence in 30 schools and has coached over 2,500 schoolchildren.  Within the club during this time, he has increased the number of colts from 79 in 2015 to nearly 180 in 2017.  The club will field three U11 teams in 2018 and now has about 50 U8 cricketers.  He has also been a driving force in encouraging adults to play in the lower-order teams through his coaching, his energy and engagement.  Jim has been a role model for coaches at Winchmore Hill both young and old, he has mentored coaches to their Level 2 qualification, and has encouraged others to attend coach education courses this winter.


The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cricket Coaching Award’ was won by Raj Kanagaraj from Bessborough CC where he started in 2002 as the U10 Assistant Manager.  He soon became Colts Chairman (continuing in this role ever since), and he has managed and coached all the age groups from U10 to U17.  He has managed the Bessborough U17 Team for the last 10 years winning the MCA U17 League once, and he has helped other age groups from U10 to U15 to compete in and win MCA Leagues.  Under his leadership, Bessborough has won the Victor Ludorum Trophy (most successful colts cricket club in Middlesex) three times in the last 15 years.  Raj has also been involved with Middlesex borough cricket, managing the U12 Harrow Borough team for the last five years.  Raj is heavily involved in the London Youth Games, managing the Harrow Borough boys team to great success over the past 10 years, and was awarded a certificate for ‘Service to Sport in the Community’ from the Mayor of Harrow in 2008.  He was also presented with a medallion for managing Harrow Borough boys cricket team for more than 10 years by the London Youth Games.  Raj’s leadership, commitment and contribution to cricket at Bessborough CC, in Harrow Borough and more widely in Middlesex make him a worthy winner of this prestigious award.


After the presentation of awards, Angus, Jono and Rory took part in a most interesting and wide-ranging discussion about coaching and the management of players.  It was an inspiring part of the evening, and everyone appreciated the candour of the discussion and how the guests related what goes on at the top level to the environments in which most MCoA members coach.  It was fabulous evening and a real privilege to share the success of Mark, Jim and Raj – the winners of the 2017 Middlesex Coaching Awards.

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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