Funding for Coaches, Volunteers and Officials

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We know that a big part of helping coaches, volunteers and officials to feel engaged and motivated is to provide access to effective funding. Providing financial support and also allowing coaches to develop their skills keeps them moving forward and has a positive impact on participation.

We can signpost you to lots of different sources of funding – just get in touch to discuss your specific needs. With funding support from Hampshire County Council, we also provide our own bursaries for Hampshire’s boroughs and districts, as well as supporting female coaches through our involvement in Project 500.  

Energise Me Coaching Bursaries

Our main support comes through our bursaries that are specific to Hampshire’s boroughs and districts –  the unitary authorities of Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight have their own arrangements. Our bursaries aim to help increase the number of qualified coaches, officials and volunteers across the region to help support people of all ages into sport. The scheme covers a range of sports – they just have to be recognised by Sport England. Check out the full list here.

Application forms are available – see the downloads section to the left, and you can check if you’re eligible by reading our guidance notes. 

Project 500 bursaries

We’re committed to supporting Project 500 and we’re pleased to be able to offer a certain number of bursaries aimed at providing female coaches with the skills they need through coaching qualifications.

As the Project 500 bursaries form part of our wider funding schemes for coaches, they are covered by our overall terms and conditions – which you can view here. However, there are some additional terms you’ll need to take into consideration.

Application forms are available – see the downloads section to the left, and you can check if you’re eligible by reading our guidance notes.

Level 1, 2 and 3 Coaching Certificate scholarship

  • Coaching a Sport England recognised sport
  • Committed to volunteering at local club or coaching sessions linked to our objectives
  • Happy to be part of our promotional activity e.g. interviews/case studies

For Level 1, we give priority to those sessions that cover young people aged 14-25 and also for coaches that support any governing body’s adult participation scheme and a Clubmark Club. This is broadly the same as Levels 2 and 3, but we also ask that coaches show commitment to support a governing body talent pathway

We aim to be as flexible as possible, so application forms are accepted throughout the year. We tend to review every month and make decisions on a quarterly basis. The award usually offsets the cost of training and examination – the scholarship award will be up to 75% of the total cost or Level 1: £100, Level 2: £200 and Level 3: £300. All that we ask is that any application that doesn’t cover a recognised award, can also show that the nature, length and outcomes of the programme have a positive impact.

Workshop Subsidies

One of the benefits of signing up to Project 500 is the chance to get a discount on the range of workshops and courses we run. As well the programmes we run regularly we also offer specific Project 500 networking events and  our fantastic ‘Coach Like a Girl series’ which covers a range of topics including first steps into coaching and how to coach with confidence and emotional intelligence.

For more information
Di Murray
Coaching Development Officer
Call 01962 676381
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