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ECB: DiSE Programme Lead (part-time max 2 days per week, 12 month FTC)(Deadline – August 30)

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England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)  
London, England, United Kingdom, Remote 
Posted: 13 August 2021
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About the job


Since 2007, the ECB has delivered complementary education programmes to county academy players to promote the development of both better players and better people, supporting our ambition to be the most respected team in the world. 

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and places are allocated by Sport England. This BTEC Level 3 qualification provides academy players with valuable UCAS points and aids preparation for a career in professional sport by embedding the learning provided in county academy programmes. The 19 modules included within the programme include ‘cricket related’ subjects such as technical and tactical development, as well as complementary off-field matters such as career development and social media.   

The DiSE Programme Lead will perform a key role in driving standards to ensure the programme is successful in its objective to add value and embed the learning of the academy programme. This role will require strong relationship management, the ability to influence, excellent problem solving, and the drive to deliver continual improvement.  


The England and Wales Cricket Board is the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, supporting the game at every level – from grassroots to professional.

We believe cricket is a force for good that can have an enduring impact on everyone’s lives and we have an ambitious strategy to inspire a generation to say ‘cricket is a game for me’. It provides great entertainment. It teaches important skills, both physical and social. It can help inclusion and social cohesion, bringing communities together.

The ECB welcomes applications from all backgrounds to ensure we deliver our Inspiring Generations strategy and fulfil our purpose to connect communities and improve lives through cricket.


  • Stronger As One Team – We are stronger together. We allow for individual strengths and beliefs but head in the same direction. We respect, support and really listen to each other along the way.
  • Push New Boundaries – We are bold, brave and curious. We challenge and don’t settle. We forge the future whilst remembering our roots.
  • Be The Best In The Game – On & Off The Pitch – We train hard. We strive to be our best to help the team be the best. We celebrate our victories and learn from our let downs.
  • Passion For Play – We are here to inspire & be inspired. We are serious about what we do, but don’t take ourselves seriously. We enjoy the journey and have fun.


  • You have a passion for the holistic development of talent pathway players
  • You enjoy engagement with a host of different partners
  • You thrive in identifying solutions and driving successful outcomes


  • Acting as the key point of contact for the DiSE Programme on behalf of the ECB 
  • Driving the DiSE Programme to add value and embed the learning of county academy programmes
  • Coordinating the programme’s staff to ensure the fulfilment of external obligations
  • Leading on, and maintaining, engagement with the County Academy Directors to ensure they are well-informed regarding the DiSE Programme.
  • Establishing and managing a clear and consistent approach to the annual recruitment of learners for the DiSE programme
  • Managing and growing the relationship with the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) to maximise the potential of its involvement with the delivery of DiSE.
  • Liaising with schools in relation to eligibility and integration with existing studies.
  • Representing the ECB on development and management groups as agreed for its chosen education pathways including liaison with Sport England for the DiSE programme.
  • Working with colleagues on the recruitment, training and deployment of assessors for the DiSE programme.
  • Working with the County Academy Directors to ensure alignment between county academy programmes and the needs of the DiSE Programme.
  • Responsible for the engagement with all delivery partners to drive ongoing development of DiSE module content and resources to support the needs of the county academy programmes and ensure compliance with external obligations.
  • Working with the National Talent Manager to establish and manage the financial model and associated budget.
  • Supporting the integration of the DiSE Programme into the existing annual independent review of the first-class talent pathway


  • A strong understanding of the DiSE Programme
  • Experience of managing vocational programmes (preferably in sport)
  • Outstanding relationship management skills
  • Knowledge of the stakeholders in cricket’s talent pathway
  • A track record in partnership working and collaboration
  • Ability to be think strategically and deliver the detail
  • Strong skillset in establishing solutions and driving successful outcomes


  • Competitive salary
  • Holiday – 25 days a year (pro-rated)
  • Volunteering – 2 days a year
  • Pension – Non-contributory 8% pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Employee health cash-back plan
  • Long-term sickness insurance
  • Life assurance – four times your annual basic salary
  • Enhanced maternity
  • Unmind – free and confidential access to a wellbeing app to help you manage your mental, physical, and financial wellbeing
  • OpenBlend – an innovative coaching and performance management tool
  • People Academy – a range of programmes and initiatives to help you develop and reach your potential
  • Employee Assistance Programme – 24/7 confidential access to expert services including counselling, wellbeing, and independent legal and financial advice
  • Free online fitness classes
  • 30% New Balance discount
  • Cycle 2 Work Scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Preferential access to tickets to England and The Hundred games


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