sportscotland Coach Subsidy

Introduced in 2023, sportscotlands revised approach to the Coach Education subsidy* places a focus on reducing barriers and increasing access to education. As outlined in Building a Culture of success, scottishathletics also has a clear commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion across the coaching community in Scotland. An essential element to this is the investment and support to the delivery of targeted projects and to the ongoing recruitment, deployment and retention of coaches.

Following a successful application process the scottishathletics Coach Education team is delighted to announce that we have once again been secured essential investment from our partners at sportscotland to provide financial support to scottishathletics coach members embarking on coach level education courses during 2024/ 2025.

Subsidy investment is available towards the course cost of either the Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness Award (2024/ 2025 course cost – £435). Approval of subsidy will be through an application process and is subject to the subsidy conditions.

The application process, including the link to the Google Form, can be found in the drop-down menu below. Please make sure that you have fully read the criteria and conditions prior to progressing with an application.

*Further details on the sportscotland subsidy approach can be found on their website:

Full information on the 2024/ 2025 Coach Education Course Programme will be available from early July via this link –

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Subsidy Criteria

Built on our knowledge of the current coaching workforce in athletics, the subsidy will support the wider growth of the sport where it is required most, as such we will continue to focus on increasing access to coach level education courses by prioritising individual subsidy support for/ to:

  • Those who live in poverty and low income (SIMD quintile 1 and 2) post codes can be checked here
  • Those from ethnically and culturally diverse communities
  • Those living with a disability*
  • Those living in remote rural and Island communities
  • Those aged 18-35
  • Females

*As per the 2021 Scottish Census

Subsidy Conditions

To be eligible to receive the coaching subsidy, in addition to the criteria outlined above, applicants must also meet/ agree to the following conditions at the time of submitting a subsidy application:

  • Be actively coaching or leading athletics/ running activity in Scotland.
  • Be booked (or in the process of booking) onto an eligible course starting between 1st June 2024 and 31 March 2025.
  • Have the subsidy confirmed ten days before the course start date through the completion and approval of the application form.
  • Have an up to date scottishathletics ‘coach’ membership* (SA number).
  • Hold an in date scottishathletics Coach Licence (URN number).
  • Completion of all relevant monitoring information during course booking and as requested subsequently.
  • Attend all course dates and satisfactorily complete all relevant course work within the denoted time limit(s) as outlined in the course booking terms and conditions.
  • If you do not attend all dates of the course, you will be required to pay the sportscotland subsidy back to scottishathletics.

*scottishathletics Coach membership costs £25 for three years. This membership is in addition other memberships that we provide.  Further details can be found here –

Application Process
  1. Identify an eligible course (Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness):
  2. Check your eligibility against criteria and conditions.
  3. If you meet the criteria and agree to the conditions you can submit an application form for consideration.
  4. Complete and submit the subsidy application form
  5. Receive a decision from SA on subsidy award (within 3 working days of receipt of your application). If successful, you will receive a unique code to apply during the booking process.
  6. Proceed with course bookings as per the usual process, using the unique code to access the subsidised price.

If you are struggling to pay for the your course, without subsidy being applied, please contact to look at potential alternative options.

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