FA offers bursary commitment to boost grassroots coaching

Wednesday 21 Oct 2015
There are £16m of bursaries being made available

Following The FA’s England Commission recommendations, The FA is providing  a range of coaching bursaries, over the next five seasons.  

This is part of  a £16 million  commitment to boost the quality of coaching in England and linked to the Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, widen the diversity of people coaching at all levels.  

FA Bursaries

  • Part of £16 million plan to boost coaching
  • To be delivered over the next four years
  • Supported by £2 million investment from Sport England
  • Extended range of bursaries available to female and BAME coaches

As unveiled in the new National Game strategy for Participation and Development announced in August, with the support of £2 million investment by Sport England and the Government, The FA is creating a network of County Coaches.

It will be tasked with improving and supporting coaching across grassroots football.

The FA’s Head of Grassroots Coaching, Les Howie said: “The progress we have made is massively encouraging - we know that giving players access to quality coaching at a young age is crucial to their development and we want to ensure that we are upskilling the coaching workforce to keep pace.”

As part of the programme every County FA has access to an allocation of coaching bursaries to help  to support grassroots coaches to attend Level 2 and FA Youth Award courses.

Kids Football

Over the next four years The FA will invest £16 million in grassroots coaching

Through the Sport England funding, The FA has extended the range of coach bursaries available with a view to getting more women and people from diverse backgrounds into the profession with one bursary programme to support black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) coaches and one to support female coaches to attend UEFA B courses. 

To apply for one of these bursaries, coaches must hold the FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate and be actively coaching.

To apply please follow the link below. 

For the BAME bursary programme.

For the Women bursary programme.

By FA Staff