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ECB College Workforce Hub Programme

26th April 2022

AoC Sport are working in partnership with the England Cricket Board (ECB) to deliver an exciting new project that will see the development of student leaders in five College Workforce Hubs across ECB’s core cities. The core cities are listed below:

  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham

Project Overview

Through funding provided by ECB, AoC Sport are recruiting five College Workforce Hubs that will provide training, development and volunteering opportunities for student volunteers from diverse backgrounds. The project will be delivered over two years with the aim of developing student leaders within the college, whilst positively impacting the local community by providing children with playing opportunities that they may not have been able to access previously.

Student volunteers recruited through the project will be supported by ECB’s City Executives to access a personal development programme which includes an activator qualification, first-aid training, kit, coaching and umpire qualifications and mental health training. To gain experience of putting their skills into practice students will support the delivery of Dynamos and All Stars cricket sessions by committing to volunteering a minimum of 8 hours at a centre.

Dynamos and All Stars Cricket centres focus on introducing children aged 5-11 to cricket and are delivered over a 4 – 8-week period. Sessions are focused on developing fundamental movement skills and applying them to cricket. More information on All Stars can be found here and more information on Dynamos can be found here.

All College Workforce Hubs will receive £900 funding across a two-year period. £600 will be provided in the first year, and £300 funding will be awarded in the second year subject to completion of monitoring and evaluation requirements. There will be flexibility on how this funding is spent to ensure all student volunteers get a positive experience, for example funding could be used to support travel costs or further training. Colleges will also receive an indoor cricket set to help set up and deliver recreational sessions in their college with support from student volunteers recruited through the project.


Colleges that are selected to become an ECB College Workforce Hub will be required to:

  • Achieve KPIs that are set in agreement between the college, AoC Sport and ECB
  • Meet basic monitoring and evaluation requirements
  • Provide a case study for a minimum of 1 x student volunteer
  • Register to be part of the AoC Sport Leadership Academy if not already a member of the programme
  • Currently deliver or have plans to deliver recreational cricket for college students

Please note that colleges must be based in one of ECB’s core cities in order to be eligible for this project.

Timeline & Application Process

To apply to become an ECB College Workforce Hub please complete this application form by 5pm on Thursday 26 May 2022.

For more information please look over our College Workforce Hub Partner Programme document or contact