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FA opens up coaching bursary scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 December 2016

The FA have opened the application process for their Coaching Bursary Scheme (pic essexfa.com)

The FA have opened the application process for their Coaching Bursary Scheme (pic essexfa.com)

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Applications welcomed from aspiring coaches

The FA have opened the application process for their Coaching Bursary Scheme, an initiative designed to support aspiring coaches from under-represented communities to take the next steps on their coaching pathways.

Jointly backed by funding from Sport England, the scheme is for coaches wanting to gain their FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football qualification and builds on the previous ‘COACH’ Bursary Programme by providing female recipients, as well as males from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, with a financial contribution towards an FA course.

As part of The FA’s commitment to addressing the under-representation of BAME coaches, more opportunities are now accessible than ever before.

FA Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager, Wayne Allison, who oversees the bursary programme, said: “What we’re aiming to do with The FA Coaching Bursary scheme is to increase not just representation, but the talent pool from which clubs can pick their managers and coaches.

“We’ve had some great successes in previous years, with some exciting young, aspirational coaches being able to access a new tier of learning they might not have been able to do otherwise.

“I strongly urge any coach reading this who is from an under-represented community, to take a closer look at these bursaries and consider whether it’s something that could be of real benefit to them. We want to hear from you!”

A key advocate of the scheme is England under-20s interim head coach Paul Williams, who believes making access to qualifications is vital in helping more coaches unlock the next level in their careers.

He said: “Managerial jobs in the country are based on experience but crucially qualifications too, which is why getting up that coaching ladder is really important.

“It’s something I’ve really majored on throughout my coaching and managerial career to date and I’m constantly taking new courses to improve.

“That’s why it’s great to see The FA put this sort of support in place for coaches where cost is a barrier to getting that next qualification. It’s a fantastic initiative.”

Applications can be made until Monday January 30 at bursary.thefa.com. To find out more about the bursary, take a look at the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.

For further information on grassroots Essex coaching visit essexfa.com, follow @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and search for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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