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Coaching - SCA

Funding Support

The SCA offers a range of funding opportunities to clubs and members. 

Coaching Scholarships

sportscotland operates a Coach Scholarship programme to support candidates achieving UKCC endorsed coaching awards. This includes the British Canoeing Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 coaching awards. This programme is made possible through investment by sportscotland.

How to apply:

  • Level 1 - 40% with a maximum scholarship value of £75 - Apply to sportscotland Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of your course.
  • Level 2 (and Coach Award from 2018) - 60% with a maximum scholarship value of £350  (total cost includes the cost of Level 2 training and Level 2 assessment)  - Apply to sportscotland  Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of your course..
  • Level 3 - 20%, 40% or 60% depending on criteria (no maximum) - Download the application form from sportscotland then send to for supporting statement.  (total cost includes the cost of Level 3 core, intermediate modules, discipline specific training and assessment) Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of your course.

All applications for funding for courses must be made to sportscotland and not to the SCA using the sportscotland online portal. If you are applying for Level 2 or Level 3, please include an estimate of the cost of your disicpline specific and assessment courses where possible.  

Note - Coach Award scholarships are only available once - i.e. it is not possible to apply for a scholarship for a second or discipline if you have already have a scholarship at this level.

What happens next?

sportscotland will review your application and if successful will send you a confirmation letter by email. Note that for all canoeing courses the candidate must pay the course organiser in full and then submit a claim after the course (see below). The letter from sportscotland cannot be used as part payment towards the course. Shortly after receiving the letter from sportscotland you will receive a confirmation email from SCA outlining the claim process. 

How to Claim:

Claims may be submitted after each stage of the qualification. 

  • Level 1 - submit a claim after completion of the Level 1 course. The amount you are paid will be the amount shown in your offer letter. 
  • Level 2 - submit a claim after the training and then again after assessment. We will calculate how much you are owed (up to the maximums above). 
  • Level 3 - submit a claim after core training, disicipline specific training and then again after assessment. We will calculate how much you are owed at each stage, subject to the maximum percentage in your offer letter. 

Once you have completed your qualification and are ready to claim, please visit Self Service and complete the claim process in the Registrations and Forms section.  You will be asked to enter the details of your course and upload receipts. Please ensure you also complete your coaching profile and paddling profile.  

Alternatively, if you wish to submit a claim form by post, please download the form below. 


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Subsidised Courses & Funding for Clubs

The SCA is pleased to offer financial support to clubs and their volunteers through a series of centrally organised courses where club coaches and leaders can attend at subsidised rates. 

In addition, we have a funding opportunity for clubs who wish to organise their own Foundation Safety and Rescue Training or 3 star training/assessment course to support candidates progressing to British Canoeing Level 1 or Level 2 coaching awards. Funding is allocated on a first come first served basis. Please complete an application form (see below). 

Details of subsidised courses for 2017 can be seen here.

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Other Funding Sources

A range of other funding sources exist to help clubs and volunteers. Visit the sportscotland funding website or ontact the sports development officer at your Local Authority or Leisure Trust.