The expertise of coaching is at the heart of cycling performance at every level of the sport and with 100% funding available in some regions of the UK, there really has never been a better time to tap into British Cycling's vast array of available courses.
There are openings in every region in Britain for bursaries or grants to help you either take your first steps into cycling coaching, or develop your skills along the coaching pathway through Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Please take a look at the list of options in your area and see if there is funding available to develop your skills as a coach.
Regional and national funding
As of 1st of April all UKCC coaching subsidy's will now go directly through sportscotland. Previously funding was given out through each governing body of sportbut in an effort to reduce admin, the funding process has been centralised and Sportscotland will now manage the whole process. For information, eligibility and to complete an application form to apply please see the Sportscotland website http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/coaching/funding/
To apply for funding for your club in Wales, visit Sport Wales for available funding opportunities.
In addition, British Cycling has recently started to administer its own Bursary scheme to coaches within Go-Ride clubs, details of which are below.
The coaching bursaries, which have been set at £120 for Level 1 and £150 for Level 2, are being administered through the Go-Ride team and will be given to volunteers in Go-Ride clubs in the following order of priority:
- Volunteers on the Cycling Award for Young Volunteers programme
- Club volunteers aged 16-18
- Club volunteers aged 18 and over
For all enquiries regarding eligibility or to apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note bursaries need to be applied for upfront and can not be retrospectively funded.
Further funding sources
If you can't find anything above that suits your needs, firstly you could check the Sports Coach UK Funding Guide before trying one of the three steps outlined below:
1. Contact the Sport Development Officer in your local authority
There are often programmes and initiatives specifically for local communities that provide bursaries for volunteer training.
2. Contact your county sport partnership
If your local authority cannot help, there may be a broader initiative in your county providing financial assistance for coach education. To find the contact details for your county sport partnership please visit http://www.cspnetwork.org/en/
3. Contact British Cycling
If there are no bursaries available on a regional level, the next step would be to contact British Cycling on the details below.
Great Start Coaching Programme 2014
Applications are now open for the 2014 Great Start Programme, which supports coaches by giving them the opportunity to apply for grants. Great Start grants are available to both aspiring and amateur coaches who wish to further their qualifications. Find out more here.
Tel: 0161 274 2060