Coaches invited to apply for funds

Sports coaches who have a disability themselves, or who coach disabled participants, are being encouraged to apply for a bursary from the Coaching Derbyshire Bursary Fund in the third of the fund’s themed rounds.

The Coaching Derbyshire Bursary Fund offers grants to coaches to help them gain qualifications and knowledge in the sports they coach, and eligible coaches can now apply for up to 65 per cent of the cost of their course, up to a maximum of £300, through the ‘disability’ themed round.

The ‘disability’ round follows earlier rounds for ‘Plus 16’ and ‘women and girls’.

Applications for the ‘disability’ themed round close on June 30.

The Coaching Derbyshire Bursary Fund is well-established across the county and currently supports more than 200 coaches per year.

Grants of up to 50 per cent of the cost of a course, up to the value of £200, will continue to be available to coaches who do not meet the criteria of the rounds.

For coaches undertaking a Level 3 course bursaries of up to £350 are available.

Coaches must apply for a bursary before the start of their course, and applications for the rounds will be accepted up to 12 months in advance of a course starting.

Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “The Derbyshire Sport Coach Bursary Fund offers support to coaches to help them gain accredited qualifications, and we launched the rounds to provide additional help to those coaches from under-represented groups.

“We want to see more people taking part in sport and physical activity regularly, and the Coach Bursary Fund is one way we hope to achieve this.”