One of GCAN's primary aims is to improve the standard of athletics coaches in the region by encouraging more people to train as coaches and supporting their on-going development.
GCAN will be running coaching courses from time to time and also delivers workshops and sessions to give coaches and athletes access to experts in different fields.
England Athletics provide comprehensive information on qualifying as a coach and further coach development. A list of coaching courses run by England Athletics can be found here or those in the south area downloaded here.
The Regional Endurance Performance Squad
GCAN Coach Bursaries
County Sports Partnership – East Links Project
- Offers fully funding training opportunities (including coaching qualifications) to people who live/work in the East of England and are employed or regularly volunteer in the sports sector.
- Monies are available to fund up to 750 coaches and 200 Officiating qualification. Deadline is Dec 2010.
- Under 16’s are NOT eligible for funding.
- Need to allow at least three weeks to process the application.
- The online ‘expression of interest’ form can be viewed on the following websites: http://www.skillsactive.com/survey/east-links/ or www.acer.ac.uk. The form should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
Cash 4 Clubs
- Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.
- Any club can apply as long as they are affiliated with their relevant NGB.
- There are three tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000 which are awarded on a discretionary basis.
- The funding panel meet on a quarterly basis.
- Clubs can apply for the grant by completing the online application form which can be found on the following website: cash-4-clubs.com.
The Sport England Small Grants Program
- The Sport England Small Grants Program has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
- Clubs can apply for the sum of £300 to £10000.
- Sporting outcomes must be the main focus of the project.
- Projects must be deliverable within 12 months and provide a monitoring report within 13 months of the date of the offer letter.
- Clubs can submit an application through the following website at any time: www.sportengland.org/funding/small_grants.aspx. Once the application has been received it should take no longer than 6 weeks to receive a decision.
The Torch Trophy Trust
- The Trust operates a Bursary Scheme, called the "Torch Trophy Trust Bursaries". The aim of the Bursaries is to provide financial aid for those wishing to increase their knowledge and their ability to help others on a voluntary basis by taking courses to qualify as club coaches, officials or administrators.
- Clubs can apply for grants of up to a maximum of £1000 available to individuals or groups. The bursary would cover up to 50% of the total costs involved.
- The Bursaries are for individuals or groups who are unable to obtain the necessary funding from any other source.
- A letter from the relevant Governing Body must support the application.
- An online application form can be found on the following website: www.torchtrophytrust.org.