Club Development Fund

The Northumbria Sport Club Development Fund aims to upskill the student workforce to ensure the long-term sustainability of coaching and officiating within your club.

The Club Development Fund can provide funding towards nationally recognised sports coaching and leadership qualifications, conferences, master classes or a club support package to help increase participation and engagement within your sport club.



Who can apply?

  • ONLY Northumbria University students who will be registered to study in the 2023-24 academic year can apply to the Club Development Fund
  • Students must be a member of a Northumbria Sport Club in 2022-23

*If you are graduating in 2023 and would like to apply for funding, please apply to the Northumbria Sport Leadership Bursary 


What can you apply for?

  • Qualifications
  • Accreditations
  • Conferences
  • Workshops, Seminars or Masterclasses
  • Continuous Professional Development opportunities (CPD)



Terms and Conditions: 

  • You must be registered for study at Northumbria University in the academic year 2023-2024
  • Applications to the club development fund must be received one month in advance of the course / qualification start date
  • You must fully commit to completing the course and ensure you are available on all dates requested, including any assessment dates.
  • Provide a minimum number of volunteer hours within your sports club in a coaching or officiating capacity*
  • Repay Northumbria Sport in full if the course is not attended or voluntary hours are not complete


£300 - £201 funding awarded – minimum of 20 hours volunteering

*Between £200 - £101 – minimum of 15 hours volunteering

*Between £100 - £10 – minimum of 10 hours volunteering 




  • Submit your application form at least 1 month prior to the start date of the course.
  • You can complete your online application via the link below
  • Communication will be sent to you via email with a decision and relevant information after your application is reviewed including a grant letter for you to sign in order to agree to the terms and conditions.
  • You must agree to attend a review meeting with a member of the panel after completing your course or reply to an email for feedback from the Northumbria Sport Team
  • No applications will be considered for the Club Development fund after the 30th June 2023

Applications will go live from Monday 19th September




Northumbria Sport in partnership with the careers service are here to help you achieve your ambitions and make the most of your experiences whilst studying.

Together we offer applied workshops, mentoring and support during your volunteer journey and help apply the skills you learn to make you more employable!

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