Coaches, Officials and Volunteers Scholarship Scheme Guidelines

 

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Application Guidance Notes

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What are the aims and objectives?
The aim of the scheme is to strategically increase the number of Hampshire & IOW residents qualified to coach, officiate or volunteer in sport and to raise existing standards.
The objectives are:

  • To increase the number of qualified and skilled coaches, officials and volunteers actively supporting the participation of children and adults at a variety of levels in a variety of sports.
  • To assist individuals wishing to further develop their coaching, officiating or volunteering skills by completing the governing body award scheme or recognised course appropriate to their needs.

Who is eligible to apply?
Applications are welcomed from:

  • National Governing Bodies of sport
  • Local Authorities
  • Voluntary coaches, officials and other volunteers.

Who is not eligible to apply?
Our scholarship is unable to support:

  • Paid coaches
  • Non Hampshire residents including coaches based in unitary authorities - Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight
  • Level 1 qualifications (with the exception of Project 500 applications - please see details below)
  • Coaches who have completed or started a course prior to the panel application deadline

How often can you apply?
Individuals may receive only one award in any given financial year. Governing bodies, local authorities or co-ordinating bodies (e.g. clubs) may apply as frequently as required during a financial year as long as the recipient of the bursary is a different applicant on each occasion i.e. multiple applications from the same club will be accepted as long as the featured individual has not received money within the last financial year.

There is, however, a limit on the number of awards that can be applied for at any one time and these are as follows:

  • 6 x Level 2 coaching awards (or officiating/volunteer award equivalents)
  • 4 x Level 3, 4, and 5 coaching awards (or officiating/volunteer award equivalents)

PLEASE NOTE: Exceptional circumstances and innovative projects will be considered. Where the proposed number of awards exceeds those stated above please speak to the Sport Hampshire & IOW Coaching Development Officer before submitting your application.

When are scholarships awarded?
Application forms are accepted throughout the year, but awards are made quarterly in June, September, December and March.

2015/16 Panel application deadline dates

  • 20 September 2015
  • 13 December 2015
  • 13 March 2016

Please ensure your course does not start prior to the panel deadline date as we do not support retrospective applications. 

How much can you apply for?

Awards will be made to off-set the cost of training and examination. The following conditions apply:

  • The award must be a National Governing Body or Minimum Deployment Standards award of at least a level 2 or equivalent (for coaches).
  • Where an application does not involve attainment of a recognised award (e.g. mentoring) then clear evidence must be provided on the nature, duration and outcomes of the proposed programme.
  • The scholarship award will be up to 75% of the total cost, to a maximum of £500 per candidate.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate any shortfall in funding within the application form.
  • Travel will be paid at the rate of £0.20 per mile or the price of a standard rail ticket, whichever is the lower cost.
  • Accommodation will be reimbursed at no more than the rate of £45 per person per night.

How are applications made and what is required?

  • Applications for a scholarship can only be made online.
  • Applications can be initiated by an individual coach, official or volunteer or by a coordinator on behalf of one or more candidates.
  • Applications must be countersigned/endorsed by a Lead Officer (details for correct Lead Officer requirements are listed in our online guidance notes).
  • Applications must be received prior to the start date of the qualification/course. Sport Hampshire & IOW will not fund retrospective applications e.g. if a course took place two months ago or if the course has already started, we will not consider the application as it was received after the course start date.

Once an application is received, you, the applying organisation, will be sent an email confirming receipt of your application form.

Terms & Conditions

  • Applications submitted are not guaranteed to receive funding and are at the discretion of the scholarship panel.
  • As funding is not guaranteed upon receipt of applications, if you decide to enrol on/commence or complete a course before you are notified of the panel's funding decision, you do so at your own risk.

What happens if I am successful?

Once you have been notified of your successful application, candidates have 12 months to complete their qualification (extensions may be able to permitted for qualifications which take longer than 12 months to complete on request).  Awards are not issued in advance of a course.

To claim an award, a candidate must:

  1. Provide evidence of attendance or qualification gained (e.g. copy of certificates).
  2. Guarantee that award recipient/s is/are committing to coach, officiate or work, on a voluntary basis, for an appropriate organisation (e.g. club, governing body or Local Authority) for a period of no less than 12 months. This period of commitment may be flexible dependent on individual circumstances
  3. When applying for a coach scholarship ensure that it contributes to a continuous professional development programme governed by the club and/or the National Governing Body, based on identified skills shortages and training need.

Am I eligible to apply?

Before starting your application, please read the following points:

  • I am a voluntary coach
  • I have sought Lead Officer support from my National Governing Body Officer or Local Authority Sports Development Officer to provide a reference for my application
  • I am not based within a unitary authority (Southampton, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight)
  • My course has not started or completed prior to the next panel date
  • My course is a Level 2 course or above OR I am a Project 500 coach looking to complete a Level 1 course

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, you are eligiable to apply for our scholarship and may proceed with the online link below.

If you have answered no to any of the above, it is likely you are not eligable to make an application. 

To clarify, please contact Ben Rigby, Coaching Development Officer. Email: ben.rigby@hants.gov.uk or Tel: 01962 847523

 

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 Project 500 Scholarships


All conditions to the above Coaching Scholarship apply to Project 500. Additional terms and conditions are found below;

Conditions for a Level 1 Coaching Certificate scholarship:

  • You are interested in coaching one of the 43 Sport England funded sports.
  • You are committed to volunteering at a Hampshire and/or Isle of Wight club, or at coaching sessions linked to Sport Hampshire & IOW’s objectives, for at least six months or equivalent to 24 hours.
  • You are happy to provide Coaching Hampshire & IOW and Sport Hampshire & IOW with information/interviews for case studies.

Priority will be given to:

  • Commitment to support sessions for the 14 – 25 year old age group.
  • Commitment to support a governing body adult participation initiative.
  • Commitment to support a Clubmark club.

Conditions for Level 2 & Level 3 Coaching Certificate scholarships:

  • You are interested in one of the 43 Sport England funded sports.
  • You are a volunteer coach at a Hampshire and/or Isle of Wight club or at coaching sessions linked to Sport Hampshire & IOW’s objectives.
  • You are happy to provide Coaching Hampshire & IOW and Sport Hampshire & IOW with information/interviews for case studies.

Priority will be given to:

  • Commitment to support a governing body talent pathway.
  • Commitment to support a governing body adult participation initiative.
  • Existing coaching takes place with the 14 – 25 year old age group.
  • Existing coaching takes place within a Clubmark club.
  • Priority will be given to six recipients, one from each of the following sports: cricket, exercise, movement and dance discipline, football, handball, netball and rugby union.

When are scholarships awarded?

Application forms are accepted throughout the year and reviewed monthly

How much can you apply for?

Awards will be made to off-set the cost of training and examination. The following conditions apply:-

  • Where an application does not involve attainment of a recognised award (e.g. mentoring) then clear evidence must be provided on the nature, duration and outcomes of the proposed programme.
  • The scholarship award will be up to 75% of the total cost or Level 1: £100, Level 2: £200 and Level 3: £300

For more information please contact Ben Rigby on 01962 847523 or email ben.rigby@hants.gov.uk

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