Courses, seminars and accreditation

The council, in partnership with 'Coaching Hampshire and Isle of Wight', offer a programme of sports volunteer education courses to develop the quality and quantity of coaches and volunteers involved in sport locally. These courses are particularly relevant to those clubs who are working towards or renewing their National Governing Body accreditation.

Coaching courses

The council arranges first aid and child protection courses throughout the year alongside a variety of club and coach development workshops. Details of the next courses taking place are below:

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Date: 20 June 2017
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Conference Room, Queen Mary’s College, RG21 3HF
Cost: £15 for those who live/volunteer/coach within Basingstoke and Deane/£30 for those from outside the borough.

Emergency Aid

Dates: Sunday 25 June 2017 or Saturday 8 July 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Conference Room, Queen Mary’s College, RG21 3HF
Cost: £20 for those who live/volunteer/coach within Basingstoke and Deane/£40 for those from outside the borough.

If you would like to book a space on any of these courses then please contact Amy Sambell on or 01256 845752

Bursaries for sports courses

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) operates a ‘Bursaries for Sports Courses’ scheme which aims to facilitate the progression of local people into coaching roles and to support the development of Basingstoke and Deane’s clubs. The scheme is open to volunteers obtaining Level 1 or equivalent qualifications. Full details of the criteria for this scheme can be found on the application form below. Applications can be submitted all year round.

Completed forms can be emailed to or posted to:

Amy Sambell
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
RG21 4AH

If you have any queries regarding the coaching bursary scheme then please contact Amy Sambell using the email address above or on 01256 845752.

Please note the borough's bursary scheme excludes football. To find out about the council's football bursary scheme, please visit the Football Development Council webpage.

'Energise Coaches' also offer funding towards level 2 (or above) coaching courses. For more information on the county's coaches, officials and volunteers scholarship scheme, please visit their website Energise Coaches.

PDF document Coaching Bursary form (PDF, 228 kb)


All sports clubs are encouraged to gain accreditation. Some National Governing Bodies of sport have their own accreditation schemes while others use the Clubmark kitemark.

Clubs can benefit from gaining accreditation by:

  • Increased membership
  • Club development
  • Development of coaches and volunteers
  • Increased club profile

Clubmark ensures that accredited clubs operate to consistent, accepted and minimum standards. It is awarded to acknowledge the fact that a club has complied with key requirements with regard to:

  • its playing/participation programme
  • duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children
  • knowing your club
  • club management

For more information, please visit the Clubmark website.

For assistance with gaining accreditation, please contact Amy Sambell, Wellbeing Officer - Sport by emailing or phoning 01256 845752.


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