Sports bursary for women and girls now open for applications

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FEMALE sports coaches and those who coach women and girls are being encouraged to apply for a bursary from the Derbyshire Sport Coach Bursary Fund in the first of the fund’s themed rounds.

The Derbyshire Sport Coach 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 ‘Women and Girls’ themed round.

Three further themed rounds are also planned:

Plus 16 – For those who coach 16+ age groups. Applications open from January 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012.

Disability – For coaches who have a disability or who coach participants with a disability. Applications open from April 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012.

Black and Minority Ethnic Groups (BME) – For coaches from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and those who coach participants from black and minority ethnic groups. Applications open from July 1, 2012 – September 30, 2012.

The Derbyshire Sport Coach 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 themed rounds. For coaches undertaking a Level 3 course bursaries of up to £350 are available.

The closing date for the ‘Women and Girls’ themed round is December 31, 2011.

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

For more information and to apply go to: www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/coaching_derbyshire/bursary.