The FA Grassroots Coaching Bursary

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The FA Coaching Bursary and how does it work?

The FA Coaching Bursary Programme is an inclusive initiative designed to support more coaches from under-represented communities in grassroots football in England, with a financial contribution towards applying for an FA course.

The bursary does not offer a guaranteed placement on a course. Bursary recipients are still required to apply for courses in the same way as non-bursary candidates.

Successful grassroots applicants will be awarded a bursary of £600 toward the full cost of The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football.

Who can apply?

This bursary is for female coaches and coaches of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic origin.

How do I apply?

To start your application, click Apply Now – and follow the steps. If you have already started your application you can return to where you left off by selecting Your Application and following the on-screen instructions.

How long do I have to apply?

Applications for the bursary are open until 11/04/2019.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

Once the application process has closed a member of our bursary team will be in contact within four weeks of applications closing.

If I’m successful, when can I use the bursary and how long do I have to use it?

You can use it immediately and have two years to use the bursary once it has been awarded.

If I am successful, am I automatically signed up to a course?

No. By applying to the bursary programme, you are applying for a financial contribution towards an FA coaching course.

If you are successful with your application, you will still be required to go through the regular application procedures the same as non-bursary recipients.

How do I use the bursary?

Once you have found the course you would like to join, all you are required to do is follow the standard application process.

As soon as all applications have been processed, a member of the FA education operations team will be in touch to let you know whether or not you have been successful in gaining a place on the course.

If you have been successful, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a unique booking link where you can pay using your bursary.

Does it make a difference if I am a member of The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club?

Yes. FA Licensed Coaches’ Club members are already eligible for discounted course costs, which means the bursary’s contribution will be towards a lower figure than non-FA Licensed Coaches’ Club members.

If you are not a member of The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club but would like to be, you can join now for free at

Who do I contact if I have any further questions about the bursary?

If you have any further questions about the bursary programme, please contact