GACO

WHAT IS GACO?

GACO represents the Gloucestershire section of the ECBACO (England and Wales Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials), who are the national governing body of cricket umpires and scorers. To join GACO you need to apply for general ECBACO membership. For more details visit the GACO website.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BEWEEN GACO AND GACU&S?

GACO (via ECBACO) is a national governing body. GACUS is a local association for cricket officials in Gloucestershire, who undertake some of the duties for GACO (such as training and appointments) in the north of the county.

DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF BOTH ASSOCIATIONS?

That depends on what sort of games you would like to officiate in. Many cricket competitions, including most of the county’s leagues and cups are run by the ECB and to officiate in these games, you need to be an ECBACO (GACO) member. However there are many different formats of cricket being played, including some local competitions and schools cricket. To officiate in these games, you only need to be a member of GACUS, who also provide useful information and support to their officials via pre-season and end-of-season seminars.

WHAT DO I GET IF I JOIN ECBACO?

  • Membership of the National Association for Umpires and Scorers
  • Insurance cover when officiating and travellling to and from the ground
  • DBS renewal paid for by the ECB
  • ACO merchandise and ACO branded clothing available for purchase
  • Quarterly newsletters containing articles from all levels of officials from internationals to recreational cricket
  • Appointments to any ECB competitions that you are qualified to officiate in
  • Mentoring and coaching to assist your progress along the officials pathway if so desired
  • Exclusive members offers Asics cricket shoes at trade prices and a discount off Total Cricket Scorer software

HOW DO I JOIN ECBACO?

  • Vist the website ECBACO
  • Download their application form
  • Email the completed form to ecb.aco@ecb.co.uk
  • If you want to pay by Direct Debit automatically from the second year, complete the mandate on the form.
  • If you would prefer to pay by debit or credit card, phone the ECBACO membership services team on 0121 446 2710, who can take payment details over the phone
  • Gain DBS clearance for officiating (details below)

OBTAINING OR RENEWING YOUR DBS (formally CRB)

All members are now able to apply for a DBS online. When your DBS certificate is due for renewal your County ACO Secretary or Membership Officer will contact you to start the renewal process.

If you are applying for a DBS certificate for the first time, please contact ecb.aco@ecb.co.uk and we will start the process for you.

If you have any questions about using the DBS application system, please contact ecb.aco@ecb.co.uk

  • GBGroup will send you a letter which should arrive around the same time as your certificate, asking you to send your DBS certificate to them for final processing.
    Please follow their instructions and send them your certificate within 14 days of receipt.
  • GBGroup will update your details and pass them onto the ECBACO membership team at Edgbaston, who will complete your ACO membership application.
    GBGroup will return your certificate when processed.