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“I don’t think I would be where I am today without the COACH programme…COACH got me into Bristol Academy Ladies…they helped me progress through the levels…Being on the programme has shown me that with this qualification, I can move further on to my dream job”
Naomi Reed, working to Level 3 and Youth Award
“I recommend the COACH programme to anybody from a black and ethnic minority background who wants to progress in their coaching. If you want to make a career out of something you ultimately love, then this programme is a great opportunity for you”
Rupesh Popat, working to Level 3 and Youth Award

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What is the coach bursary programme?

The COACH bursary programme has been designed by The Football Association, the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Football Association (PFA) and the League Managers Association (LMA).

It is aimed at coaches within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who aspire to furthering their qualifications and experience, from “Level 2” upwards. The FA will lead on the running of the project, overseen by a Strategy Group made up of representatives from the football authorities.

Funding has been made available by the football authorities, into one bursary fund, to enable applicants to do coaching qualifications and gain coaching experience, with opportunities to observe top coaches and to benefit from mentoring.

Who is Coach for?

The COACH bursary programme is open to both male and female coaches aspiring to further their coaching aspirations in the grassroots or professional game.

In the professional game, the bursary is designed so it could be taken up by a Scholar at an Academy with a desire to take a career in coaching, to make the vital steps of gaining qualifications and experience, including relevant experience at a professional club.

In grassroots, the bursary fund is primarily to be granted against the cost of a coaching qualification in The FA Coaching programme. In exceptional circumstances, funding may be allocated towards expenses incurred in participating in the relevant course.

The COACH journey


Our coaches have gone on to great success after gaining qualifications through the COACH Bursary Programme. Watch this video to find out how far you could go.

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Application, criteria and selection

There will be an open applications process to the COACH bursary programme. A panel will select the applicants against the criteria.

Application is restricted to individuals from BAME communities.

Applicants who wish to apply for a bursary will need to meet the requirements set out in the terms and conditions of the programme.

Applications will be open from 2nd June 2014. All applications must be received by 2nd July 2014. Applications received after this date may not be considered.


Successful applicants may be placed for all or part of the period with participating Premiership and/or Football League Clubs, Academies and/or Centres of Excellence.

Other channels may also be identified by The FA as being appropriate for the applicant and the qualification programme which is being funded.

The coach experience

“Charlton Athletic FC have now offered me a more permanent role as an Assistant Coach to the Under 12s within their academy set-up. Likewise, they are paying me for the additional work that I will be undertaking during the season. I am enjoying the placement given and thank you once more for this opportunity.”
Stephen Adams – placed at Charlton Athletic FC