New funding programme for coaches with a disability

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Posted by Les Ford on December 2, 2015.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation has launched a new initiative designed to increase the number of people with disabilities in coaching within West Yorkshire.

The ‘Creating Connections Recruit into Coaching’ programme will support the recruitment and development of volunteer coaches with a disability who will play an active role within their club or organisation in West Yorkshire.

Successful applicants will receive funding of up to £200 to gain a coaching qualification in a sport of their choice before completing 15 voluntary hours of coaching in their club or organisation.

Creating Connections is a Yorkshire Sport Foundation project that offers a sport and physical activity pathway for disabled people across West Yorkshire and, more recently, into parts of South Yorkshire. A collaborative approach utilises the expertise of healthcare professionals, service users, clubs and activity providers.

The aim is to support people to get involved in community sport and physical activities, and to support community clubs and providers to welcome more disabled people to their sessions.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is the organisation responsible for South Yorkshire Sport and West Yorkshire Sport, two of the 45 County Sport Partnerships with responsibility for connecting and influencing providers of sport and physical activity to increase the number and quality of opportunities for participation across the Counties.

This programme will support volunteers to gain a Level 1 or Level 2 coach qualification (or equivalent) in their chosen sport. Successful candidates will be funded as follows:

  • Up to £150 towards a Level 1 coaching qualification.
  • Up to £200 towards a Level 2 coaching qualification.

After completing your qualification you will be expected to deliver regular coaching sessions to increase participation within a club/organisation in West Yorkshire.

This is a unique opportunity to be involved in developing and enhancing coaching provision across the county, gain a coaching qualification and a valuable experience as a pathway into a coaching career.

Commitment Required

In return for the funding towards their qualification, coaches will be required to:

  • Deliver 15 voluntary hours of coaching with their club / organisation following their course.
  • Pay the balance of their coaching course (this could be funded / part-funded by their club or organisation).
  • Complete a case study towards the end of delivery.

Person Specification:


  • Good communication
  • Organised with good time management
  • Ability to interact and engage with people.

Experience of:

  • Assisting coaches delivering sessions is desirable.

You will also need to meet any prerequisites for the coaching qualification you wish to complete.

The Experience You Will Gain

  • Gain quality coaching experience working with a variety of people and abilities.
  • Understand and adapt to participants needs.
  • Understand your roles and responsibilities as a coach ensuring participates are engaged within your sessions.

Qualifications you will attain:

  • A Level 1 or 2 coaching qualification in your chosen sport.

Application Process & Further Information

Please complete the online application form.  Closing date:  5pm, 31st January 2016

If you require additional information or require the application in an alternative format please contact Andrew Lane (andrew.lane@yorkshiresport.org or 0330 2020280)