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. With funding support from Hampshire County Council, we also provide our own bursaries for Hampshire’s boroughs and districts. This includes 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 may have their own arrangements. Our bursaries aim to help increase the number of qualified coaches, officials and volunteers across the region. Our aim is to help support people of all ages into sport. The scheme covers a range of sports that need to have recognition by Sport England. Check out the full list here. 

Project 500 bursaries

We’re delighted to have the opportunity to offer bursaries to female coaches through Project 500. These aim to provide female coaches with the skills they need through coaching qualifications.

Our Project 500 bursaries form part of our wider funding schemes for coaches and are covered by our overall terms and conditions

All potential applicants will need to read the terms and conditions in the guidance notes to check eligibility, which includes the following:

  • 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.

See the downloads section to the left for application forms and guidance notes.

How much can you apply for?

  • Awards are made to off-set the cost of the course and the examination.
  • The award must be a NGB or minimum standard award of at least Level 2 or above (exception Project 500 applicants for female coaches, officials and volunteers. See Project 500 explanation).

The bursary will pay up to 75% of the course cost to a maximum of £500 per applicant. This is at the discretion of the panel and based on the number of applications received.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email and any queries raised before submitting the application to the panel. The panels are held in March, June, September and December of each year.  The dates of the panels will be published in the Energise Me newsletters, website and via social media.

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. The fantastic ‘Coach Like a Girl series’ covers a range of topics including first steps into coaching, how to coach with confidence and emotional intelligence.

For more information
Harry Stow
Sports Development Officer - Performance
Call 01962 676378
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