During the recent Association of College Sport (AoC Sport) in the Curriculum Conference, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed that it will be combining cricket with BTEC qualifications.
The ECB explained how it had worked to map the ECB Activators course to BTEC units and provided colleges with new ideas to partner with a National Governing Body.
This will mean that the ECB Cricket Activators award can be delivered as part of the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport. It will subsequently provide context for learners to achieve their Leadership, Event Organisation and Rules, Regulations and Officiating units, as well as offering extra-curricular cricket, organised by the students as part of their Indoor 24 competition.
With this new approach, there will be many benefits to colleges, the sport and, most importantly, learners:
- Learners will receive an ECB qualification and will also be able to continue their development within the community, or potentially at larger events through the vCricket Programme.
- Colleges will be able to form a relationship with their local County Cricket Board, and will have a group of leaders ready to deliver an intra-mural Indoor 24 Programme.
- The ECB will have more trained leaders delivering higher quality Indoor 24 programmes, leading to increased participation.