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Sport coaching bursary

St Mary’s Students can apply for up to £300 of funding towards coaching, officiating and other sports qualifications.

The bursary is open to all students currently studying at the university and is open for applications until 15th June 2018. You may apply at any time before this deadline.

Over £5,000 funding was distributed to students in 2016/17, supporting them to gain a range of qualifications across 12 sports.

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Why become a Coach and apply for a bursary?

Enhance your CV

A recent study by British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) showed conclusively that employers appoint graduates with coaching, leadership, teaching and volunteering qualifications. Participating and volunteering in sport is associated with a salary increase of between £4,200 and £5,600 over those who do not take part.

Personal development

There is a clear link between being involved in coaching & officiating and developing your organisational, leadership and communication skills – key skills which you need for any career you go into.

Paid roles

Throughout the year Sport St Mary’s have a number of paid coaching roles available, including coaching on our weekly and school holiday   SIMMSport programmes. Gain qualifications and experience to improve your chances of earning these paid employment roles.


Volunteering in sport allows you to have a positive influence on people’s lifelong involvement in sport and be instrumental in helping people learn new skills. 70% of sports volunteers state that their biggest benefit is that they really enjoy their roles.

Nationally recognised qualification

That no-one can take away from you!

Develop your club

Help support the development of your club by gaining further qualifications and knowledge which can be used to support coaching, refereeing or first aid.

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For more information about the bursary please email

Full eligibility criteria
  • Open to all existing students of St Mary’s University (you do not have to be a member of a sports team)
  • All those receiving a bursary will be required to provide voluntary service to a student sport club
  • Funding will only be provided for qualifications awarded/recognised by the relevant national governing body of sport
  • Students must not be receiving similar level support already and thus replicate funding
  • You must be committed to attend and complete the course (Please note – individuals who don’t attend or complete the course will have to repay in full any bursary monies received, and/or pay any additional costs resulting from booking onto an alternative course or re-taking the course)