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Funded Coaching Scholarship Scheme

We’re providing additional support for coaches who qualify to access funded training provision worth up to £940.

Funded Coaching Scholarship Scheme

British Weight Lifting is delighted to announce a new round of funding for its coaching scholarship scheme to encourage more people to become qualified, start a club, or progress as coach. The scholarship scheme was first launched in 2020 and has been updated to support more people who may be facing barriers to getting involved. 

We are offering a limited number of free places on our Coaching Olympic Weightlifting courses. The initiative is part of our strategy to attract and retain talented people, tackle inequalities and support the community of coaches.

Speaking on the launch of the scheme, Matthew Curtain, CEO said “we’re committed to helping to remove barriers and giving more people involved in weightlifting the opportunity and encouragement to develop as coaches”.


The application window for funded places will be open until 17 September 2023.

Complete your application here.

How are coaching scholarships awarded?

We welcome applications from coaches who fit into one or more of the following categories:

  • Applicants with a disability
  • Female applicants
  • Applicants aged 16-25
  • Applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • Applicants from disadvantaged areas
  • Applicants from the LGBTQ+ community
  • Applicants who are refugees or asylum seekers

The funding is targeted towards individuals motivated to become a coach so to start a BWL club or support a club they’re working with, or who are already coaching and want to progress their knowledge and skills.

If you’re successful in receiving a funded place on one of our courses, you’ll be contacted directly with further instructions on how to redeem your place.

This opportunity is open to members and non-members of British Weight Lifting living in the UK.

Please read our terms and conditions below for further details.



Terms and Conditions

How do I apply for a coaching scholarship?

To apply for a coaching scholarship, you’ll be required to complete an application form to assess your eligibility. The application process should take around 10 minutes to complete.

We expect to receive more applications for this opportunity than places available. Unfortunately, this will mean that we cannot award funded coaching scholarships to everyone that applies and meets the criteria. The final decision will be made by British Weight Lifting.

How your personal details will be used

Your personal details provided here will only be used for the purpose of assessing your application. If successful, British Weight Lifting may ask you to be part of any news stories about the Coaching Scholarship. You have the choice to opt into this and it is not a condition of the funding.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Places will be available to support individuals to become a licensed BWL Coach, including:
  • Entry onto either the Combined Level 1 Award and Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting (Standard Price £700); Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting (Standard Price £500); or Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting (Standard Price £850)
  • British Weight Lifting Membership fee (Standard Price £50)
  • British Weight Lifting Coach Licence fee (Standard Price £40)
  1. Successful applicants have 1 month from being awarded a coaching scholarship to enrol onto their chosen course.
  2. Successful applicants commit to becoming a recognised licensed coach by completing a Safeguarding & Protecting Children course (RRP £35) and DBS/PVG check through British Weight Lifting at their own expense (if these are not already in place) within 1 month of the course completion.
  3. Applicants must meet the prerequisites for the course chosen to be undertaken, details about each course can be found here.
  4. Applicants must be living in the UK.


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