Good coaches inspire people to get active and stay active. Good coaches also guide those on a journey of improvement, including those with talent, to progress faster and further than they could on their own. Additionally, the act of coaching brings individual and personal wellbeing to the coach and the participant as well as making valuable, social and economic contributions to society.

We, at Get Berkshire Active, are committed to; making it easier for people from a wider range of backgrounds become coaches, develop a learning culture focused on ongoing improvement and the development of coaching expertise and support coaches to become better equipped to provide experiences based on the needs and goals of the individual being coached. Through these bursaries we hope to focus our support and resources to different coaches throughout Berkshire.

All of the Get Berkshire Active bursaries are available to cover costs of coach development courses including Level 1, 2, 3 & 4 NGB courses and CPD opportunities up to £200. Eligible applicants must:

• Be resident in Berkshire or be actively coaching in Berkshire.

• Be aged 16 or over with the notion of delivering sport or physical activity in the immediate future

• Be willing to pay the full cost of the course up front as bursaries will be awarded retrospectively

• Detail the confirmed dates of the course/qualification you are booked on to or looking to book on to

• All coaches accessing funding will be required to report back to Get Berkshire Active on impact

• Register on the Get Berkshire Active coaching database – www.gba.sportsuite.co.uk/login

Club Coach Bursary

Get Berkshire Active offer a coach bursary scheme that is open to all club volunteers or coaches working within a structured environment (for example; clubs, schools/colleges, after school clubs). Bursaries can be applied for up to 30% of the cost of the course and we will consider applications for all CPD and levels of coaching awards. Coaches receiving bursaries are required to report back to Get Berkshire Active on the impact of the bursary on their coaching. Applications will be favoured if the club is willing to commit match funding to the coach or volunteer's bursary.

Who can apply?

    • individuals at clubs
    • coaching agencies/companies
    • coaches within the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB's) system

Community Coach/Activator Bursary

Get Berkshire Active offer a Community Coach bursary scheme that is open to any activators or volunteers based in the community who would like to increase the amount of opportunity accessible to residence. Activity doesn't have to be conventional sport or physical activity and should be based on community demand.

Bursaries can be applied for up to 50% of the cost of the course and we will consider applications for all CPD and levels of coaching awards. All successful individuals are required to report back to Get Berkshire Active on the impact of the bursary on their upskilling.

Who can apply?

- anyone from the community and voluntary sector

Project500

Project 500 is a local campaign to address the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, creating a more diverse workforce to drive the growth of female participation in sport. In Berkshire we have created a Project 500 offer to support local females to get in making a difference in their communities! This bursary has been designed to increase the accessibility and opportunity for women to get into volunteering, coaching or leading a session.

Who can apply?

- Any female looking for further CPD or anyone looking to deliver in the sport and physical activity sector

Once you have completed your application form, please send it to Izzy.Heath@getberkshireactive.org


If you would like to discuss the application form and related guidance, please do get in touch using the contact details below. Additionally, if you have any queries or issues, or if you would rather submit your application form via post.

Izzy Heath

Izzy Heath

Physical Activity Development Officer

Izzy is the Physical Activity Development Officer at GBA. Her role involves assisting with funding programmes for children and young people and providing support and opportunities for those in the workforce. She has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching Science from Bournemouth University, and interned at a County FA as football development officer before joining us. Her passions lies in witnessing the positive impact that physical activity can have on someone, mentally and physically. Outside of work she is a keen football coach, spectator and player!

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