Funding support for coaches
Sometimes the cost of a coaching course can put you off from achieving your ambitions. However, there are often sources of funding available to help part-fund, or even completely cover the course costs.
Check out our advice on several funding avenues worth exploring. Please note, funding pots tend to open and close at irrregular intervals which means that all information given is time sensitive.
For individuals or small group of coaches
If you're an individual or small group of coaches looking for financial support as opposed to a club looking to fund a larger project then try the following:
1) County Sports Partnerships
One of the best organisations to speak to in the first instance is your County Sports Partnership (CSP). CSPs act as a hub for lots of other sporting organisations and administer lots of support programmes that you may be able to tap into. They will know about local programmes that can help fund coaching courses and may have bursaries to offer themselves.
A list of all CSPs and their contact details can be found on the Sport England website at sportengland.org.
Examples of funding initiatives accessible through CSPs are detailed below:
- Get Qualified in Lancashire and Cumbria
Get Qualified offers to subsidise training courses for employees or volunteers in sports organisations in Lancashire and Cumbria. This funding can be used towards Level 2 and 3 coaching qualifications. There is an obligation for you to deliver a minimum of 15 hours volunteering in return for the support that you receive. Contact cumbriasport.com or lancashiresport.org.uk for more info.
- Yorkshire and Humber Coaching Bursary Programme
The National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure Yorkshire and Humber Coaching Bursary programme provides active and potential coaches with the opportunity to part-fund their first and next coaching qualification. The programme provides a 60% reimbursement of the course costs to individuals or a sponsor - someone who can apply on behalf of up to eight individuals. To find out more, log onto yandh-coachingbursary.co.uk
2) Your local authority
Local authorities often have specific grants available to help develop sport across a range of activities including attendance at coach education courses. Try contacting the Sports Development Officer within your local authority who will guide you through the funding options available and discuss the application process. For an A-Z list of local authorities visit direct.gov.uk.
3) Your club
Some squash and squash 57 clubs may be willing to contribute towards the cost of your coaching qualification, especially if you offer to provide some free coaching hours in return for the funding received (providing funding for coaches benefits the club by increasing the number of qualified squash and squash 57 coaches and coaching opportunities available to members).
4) Your County Squash Rackets Association
It is also worth contacting your County Squash Rackets Association to identify if they offer any grants to help increase the number and level of qualified coaches within the county. Again, it might be worth offering to help coach at county/feeder squads in return for funding received. Visit our contact page, to find out details of your county association.
5) Sports Coach UK
For squash and squash 57 clubs or organisations
If you're part of a squash and squash 57 club or organisation looking to access funding to cover coach education qualifications as part of a larger funding bid, then try the following:
Sport England Small Grants Scheme
This scheme could help access between £300 and £10,000 available to support club development so if you can design a larger bid with the help of your club you will be able to incorporate the costs of your coaching course.
Find out more on the Sport England website.