Bursary Grants and Loans for Coaches

The following organisations provide funding and support to help develop coaches.

Bowls England Coaching Bursary

Any individual affiliated member of Bowls England may apply for financial assistance for up to 50 per cent of the cost of the course. Applicants must be at least 17 years old. Each application must be supported by the applicant's club and the appointed administrator of the relevant County Association that is affiliated to Bowls England. Demand is expected to be high, so funding will be limited to one member per affiliated club per year. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Click here for further details.

British Cycling Coaching Bursary

The bursary scheme is open to all Go-Ride Club volunteers and will provide £120 towards the cost of a Level 1 coaching qualification, or £150 towards the cost of a Level 2 coaching qualification. The Level 2 may be substituted for a Level 2 discipline specific award should this be of more benefit to the club (which will be determined on a case by case basis).

There are a limited number of bursaries available, so make sure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Go-Ride Clubs can gain a maximum of two Level 1 bursaries and one Level 2 bursary. Young people enlisted on the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers (CAYV) will be given first priority, with club volunteers next in line.

To apply for a bursary you will need to complete a bursary application form, stating which coaching course you wish to receive funding for and the benefits both you and the club would receive from this support. Clubs that applied and were successful last year can again apply this year.

Please note bursaries need to be applied for upfront and cannot be retrospectively funded.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Go-Ride team on go-ride@britishcycling.org.uk or by calling 0161 274 2070.

Click here for more information.

Exercise, Movement and Dance Academy Open Bursary Scheme

EMD UK offer financial support to passionate fitness teachers and instructors hoping to develop their career in the fitness industry. The Open Bursary is available to anyone wanting to take a course or continuing professional development (CPD) through one of their organisation members.

You can apply for up to £100 funding towards group exercise short courses and qualifications, or 50% of the cost (whichever is lower). Please note, the training must be provided by one of their member organisations and endorsed by EMD UK, CIMSPA, REPs or another accepted awarding body. Courses endorsed by EMD UK are eligible for up to £100 funding, all other courses are eligible for up to £75. EMD UK teachers and instructors, plus EMD UK course graduates are eligible to receive up to £100 funding for all courses.

Click here for more information.

English Schools Football Association Bursary Scheme

Grants are awarded by the ESFA on a first come first served basis to support teachers to gain an FA qualification that will assist them to run an out of hours football activity / school team. Applications will be considered for FA Youth Modules 1-3, FA Levels 1-3 Goalkeeping and Futsal. The maximum allowance awarded is 50% towards the cost of the course.

Only schools affiliated to their local Schools' Football Association are eligible. Teachers of Primary, Secondary and Special Education can apply. Click here for further details.

Advanced Learning Loans for level 3 or 4 courses

A 24+ Advanced Learning Loan will help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider if you're 24 or older. The course must be an eligible Level 3 or 4 courses. The Government's website provides the facility to check whether a course is eligible. Courses are paid for by a loan scheme, for which monthly re-payments are due only when you are earning over £21,000 per annum. Click here for further information.

Prince's Trust - Development Awards

This fund is not focused specifically on sport, but might be of interest to anyone under the age of 25 who is considering a career in sport. The Prince's Trust 'Development Awards' can help to cover costs such as: course fees, transport or equipment to help you achieve your plan to get into education, training or employment.

The fund is open to those who meet the following criteria:

  • UK resident, aged 14-17, and do not have/are not expecting to achieve 5 GCSEs grades A-C (or equivalent), or
  • Aged 17-25 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, or in education fewer than 14 hours a week

Be aware that there is a criteria on how the money can and can't be spent. Here are some examples of what the Development Awards will fund:

  • Tools or equipment for a job or qualification
  • Course fees
  • Interview clothes
  • License fees
  • Childcare costs to help single parents access short term education
  • Transport to a new job until first pay cheque

There are a number of things the Development Awards can't be used to fund including:

  • Costs over £500
  • Living expenses e.g. rent or bills
  • Costs for things that have already been paid for
  • Gap year or overseas projects
  • Community projects
  • Fees for courses higher than Level 3, e.g. NVQ Level 4, HNC, HND, Degree or post-grad courses
  • Business start-ups (If you're interested in starting your own business, see the Prince's Trust's Enterprise programme)

If you meet their criteria, all you need to do is get in touch and tell them a bit about yourself and how the award would be used. If you're eligible, you'll be invited to discuss making an application before a final decision is made. The whole process can take up to six weeks, although it may be quicker, but they recommend getting in touch with us sooner rather than later.

Volunteer Passport

Free training for Derbyshire residents who volunteer or are thinking of volunteering

The Volunteer Passport is a countywide short training course exploring key areas all volunteers need to be aware of.

The Volunteer Passport is for anyone who volunteers or is interested in volunteering in the future. You could be an experienced volunteer who already gives several hours a week or you could be thinking about volunteering for the first time.

You don't need any qualifications to join this training.

The core sessions involve:

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Keeping yourself and others safe
  • First aid
  • Person centred approach

The following Volunteer Passport schemes are offered:

  • Children and Young People's Volunteer Passport
  • Adult Care Volunteer Passport
  • Enrichment Volunteer Passport for Schools
  • Bespoke agency passports

Those who complete the training are awarded an accredited certificate, and a Volunteer Passport photo ID badge which shows they have undertaken this core training.

There is no charge to attend the training or for the Volunteer Passport ID badge and certificate.

Training sessions will be held at many venues across Derbyshire. You will get more information about where and when training sessions are held when you apply.

For more information, see the Volunteer Passport section of Derbyshire County Council's website.