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 will be on this page when available.

If you are interested in attending a first aid or safeguarding and protecting children course then please contact Amy Sambell on amy.sambell@basingstoke.gov.uk 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 amy.sambell@basingstoke.gov.uk or posted to:

Amy Sambell
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
Basingstoke
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)

Accreditation/Clubmark

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 amy.sambell@basingstoke.gov.uk or phoning 01256 845752.

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