Funding for Coach Education

Scholarship and Grants Programme

Here at Glasgow Sport we offer a Coach Scholarship and Grants Programme to help volunteers get access to funding which will help towards their desired courses. For more detail just get in touch with our Grants Officer on 0141 287 5508.  

Glasgow Young Scot funding 

We also work closely with the team at Glasgow Young Scot which means if you have a Glasgow Young Scot Card you are entitled to funding opportunities or reduced rates on many courses of the courses we run. For further information on this please contact the Club, Coaching and Volunteering team on 0141 287 3884.

Individual Learning Account (ILA)

Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs), which sounds very grand but are really just there to help, are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and for those people that will really benefit most from this support.

You can apply for an ILA if do not have a degree or above, are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, training through the Employability Fund or Modern Apprenticeship, or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

You must also have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training. 

For more information on SDS Individual Learning Accounts then please contact 0800 917 8000

UKCC Coach Education Funding

sportscotland recognises the importance of new coaches coming into sport and the need for accessible, affordable coaching courses to be available to them. 2013/14 sees the continuation of UKCC funding to support the recruitment of new coaches and the continued development of existing coaches. 

For more information on how to access this funding just get in touch with your sports development officer and they will point you in the right direction to access the substantial subsidies available from both sportscotland and Glasgow Sport. 

Just a wee note - The cost of UKCC course are subject to change and should  be clarified with the relevant officer.

So What’s Different?

We have made a few changes just to make the process a bit smoother. Candidates are now required to complete an application form and meet the criteria set out to access funding towards the cost of UKCC endorsed qualifications. 

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can access funding of up to £150 or 50% per person of the course fee, whichever is lower. Group applications can be submitted when two or more individuals from the same organisation / club are applying for a course. 

We need all applications to be made at least four weeks prior to the start of the course; unfortunately we can't accept retrospective applications.

Visit for further information and an application form.

Are you or your group eligible?

Applicants should demonstrate some coaching activity within six months of applying for the subsidy (minimum activity supported will be once per month or an average of 12 sessions per year).

The course being attended must take place in Scotland and be registered with the SQA. Applicants should evidence what impact this qualification will have on their school, club or community. (We would be looking for this information to be included in your Applicant Support Information section of the application form.)

What else do I need to do?

  • Coaches are advised to register/become a member of their respective Sports Governing Body. Some sports require this to be done prior to being allowed on coach education courses.
  • ​Check with your club / school / community group that they are happy to support your ​application, as you must supply their contact details and this will be verified.

What happens after I apply?

Once your application is received, sportscotland will check you meet the eligibility criteria and email the decision to you within 10 working days of receipt of your application. 

Good Luck

For further information or if you have any questions about the sportscotland subsidy please contact or 0141 534 6500.​
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