Cadet bursaries - kickstart your coaching career! Apply here for the 2023 AND 2024 coaching seasons
Published 15:27 on 29 Jan 2023
South Cerney Sailing Club's 96 Cadet Squadron is pleased to announce the bursary awards for the next two seasons. These awards help individuals to develop their instructing and coaching skills. Now in their eleventh year, the coaching awards have proven successful in supporting the development of youth coaches and using their experience to improve the race training of the cadet squadron.
This year we are getting ahead of ourselves so that the successful applicants for the 2024 season can apply for courses and attain their qualifications this summer, well before exams get in the way and ahead of delivering coaching sessions. This should be a better fit all round and we intend to keep to this new routine.
Who is able to apply?
Applicants must be current members of South Cerney Sailing Club and on the 31st October of their coaching year be over 16 and under 19 years of age.
What are the awards for?
Once again there are three categories of award; Assistant Coach, Performance coach and Trainee coach. The financial awards made to each successful applicant will help them cover the cost of training associated with obtaining RYA qualifications and gain coaching experience by covering the cost of training courses, accommodation, incidental expenses and equipment required to obtain and develop instructing and race coaching skills and experience.
The award is a sum of £600. Applicants should have good experience of sailing at class level events and attending squad training.
Successful applicants for 2023 and 2024 are required to obtain RYA recognised certification, by 31st October 2023, for the following:
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Dinghy Instructor or Race Coach Level 2
In addition, each successful applicant must deliver a minimum of 10 coaching sessions with South Cerney's 96 Cadet Squadron during the season, dates to be agreed and confirmed with the Cadet Captain. Usually this will be between the beginning of April and the end of October.
The award is a sum of £350. The successful applicants must attain the RCL2/DI qualification by 31st October 2023 and deliver 5 coaching sessions. Applicants should have a deep knowledge of the cadet dinghy and experience of squad coaching and class events over several seasons.
Successful applicants are required to obtain RYA recognised certification, by 31st October 2023 for the following:
RYA Powerboat Level 2
Race Coach Level 2 or Dinghy Instructor
The award is a sum of £250. Applicants should have experience of cadet training and racing at home and on the class circuit and may be currently competing in the cadet class or have recent experience of such. The successful applicants will support the delivery of 5 coaching sessions through the season by assisting the Cadet Coach or Assistant coach.
Successful applicants are required to obtain RYA recognised certification, by 31st October 2023, for the following:
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Assistant instructor
How will the awards be paid?
Each award will be paid in 2 instalments with dates dependent upon the coaching year;
For the 2023 coaching year bursaries will be paid 50% on 30 April 2023 and 50% on 31st October 2023 (subject to gaining the required qualifications and honouring the necessary coaching sessions). Should an applicant fail to meet their obligations for their award, 96 Cadet Squadron reserves the right to withhold one, or both of these payments.
For the 2024 coaching year, bursaries will be paid 50% on 31st April 2023 and 50% on 31st October 2024 or once all coaching session have been delivered, whichever is soonest. As ever, the second payment is subject to acquisition of the necessary qualifications and delivery of the required number of sessions.
How do you apply?
To be considered for the awards, each applicant must contact the 96 Cadet Squadron Captain (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their application. The closing date for applications is 19th February 2023 for both years.
The application should address three main points:
What the applicant will do with the award, and how the opportunity to develop their coaching and instructing skills will contribute towards their own sailing career, education or future employment opportunities.
What the applicant will bring to the 96 Cadet Squadron in terms of an innovative coaching style, experience of Cadet sailing, or acting as a role model for other Cadet sailors.
What makes a good sailing coach or instructor and how the applicant feels they can develop towards this description.
Applicants may be invited to present their application to a selection panel. An applicant's presentation should be limited to 15 minutes. An additional 15 minutes will be available for the selection panel to ask the applicant questions. PowerPoint will be available if required.
The selection panel will announce the awards as soon as a decision has been reached.
Good luck to those who apply.
Last updated 11:18 on 6 November 2023