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Coach Education Subsidy

sportscotland subsidy is to help address challenges around accessibility and inclusion within coach education. sportscotland’s new approach means that subsidy support is targeted towards individuals from under-represented groups and people with a protected characteristic such as disability, gender, young people and those from a deprived area. 

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Sportscotland Coach Education Subsidy: 1 April 2024 to 30 March 2025

Sporting national governing bodies (NGB) apply to sportscotland for subsidy for their sport. Once the sport has been awarded subsidy, learners can apply through their governing body. 

Scottish Gymnastics have submitted their application to sportscotland for coach education subsidy and are awaiting the outcome. Once we receive this more information will be added here. Not everyone will be eligible, the sportscotland subsidy is to help address challenges around accessibility and inclusion within coach education. sportscotland’s new approach means that subsidy support during the period is targeted towards individuals from under-represented groups and people with a protected characteristic such as disability, gender, care experienced young people and those from a deprived area. 

Sportscotland Coach Education Subsidy – 1 April 2023 to 30 March 2024 (APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED)

Sportscotland has awarded coach education subsidy to Scottish Gymnastics for members attending our coaching courses from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024

Apply by 10 March 2024. 

The sportscotland subsidy is to help NGB on addressing their challenges around accessibility, affordability, and inclusion within coach education. The new approach means that subsidy support during the period is targeted towards individuals from under-represented groups and people with a protected characteristic such as disability, gender, care experienced young people and those from a deprived area. 

Scottish Gymnastics’ application focussed on reducing the barriers to learning and development opportunities by providing subsidy to

  • females – the number of female coaches has been reducing over the last few years and has been falling at a faster rate than males. Data shows that females are economically disadvantaged compared to males. 
  • males – males are underrepresented within our membership. There is a lack of male coaches and role models therefore boys leave the sport a lot earlier.
  • members from Scottish Index of Multiple Derivation (SIMD) Q1
  • young people – data shows young people are economically disadvantaged, therefore subsidy can be provided to those who are under the age of 21, or those in full time education. 
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and disability communities – these communities are underrepresented in our membership.
  • Rural areas – contribute towards the growing cost of putting additional courses and assessments on in rural areas.

Subsidy Amounts

You can apply for sportscotland subsidy for the following courses in this period:

Scottish Gymnastics CourseCourse CostSportscotland Subsidy AmountSubtotal Payable
Level 1£350£105£245
Level 2£520 – £549£171 – £200£349
Level 3 technical modules£100 – £110£20 – £30£80
Preschool£180 – £198£54 – £72£126
Gymnastics Activity Instructor£399£99£300

Application Process

Step 1 – Pre-requisites

Check you meet the pre-requisites of subsidy and are a target group in the list above.

1 – Book onto a Scottish Gymnastics organised course starting between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024. Please contact coacheducation@scottishgymnastics.org if there has not been or is not a level/discipline of course you require within the subsidy period and you are looking at British or other home country courses. 

2 – Hold a current and correct level of Scottish Gymnastics membership for your course: Level 1 & gymnastics activity instructor is Scottish Gymnastics silver membership and Level 2 & 3 is Scottish Gymnastics gold membership. 

3 – Be a member of a Scottish Gymnastics registered club or a coach within a partnered local authority.

4 – Have a current PVG accessed through Scottish Gymnastics OR have their PVG in progress through Scottish Gymnastics.

5 – Hold a current and correct level of Scottish Gymnastics wellbeing and protection qualification OR have enrolled onto the next upcoming course.

All dates of the course and assessment must be fully attended.

Step 2 – Book

Enrol onto your chosen coaching course. You can find the list of upcoming courses on our what’s on calendar.
Find a Course

Step 3 – Apply for Subsidy

When you have booked onto the course, you will be able to complete the subsidy application form.
You must apply for subsidy before day one of your course.
Compete the Online Application Form

Step 4 – Subsidy Processed

Scottish Gymnastics checks your subsidy application and sends approval/refusal to the contact email on the application form.
Approved subsidy will be reimbursed within one month of your application. 
If you are struggling to pay the total cost of your course, without subsidy being applied, please contact coacheducation@scottishgymnastics.org to look at potential alternative options. 

Please contact our education team if you have any questions

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