Do any of you apply for grants, funding etc. to help with your child's sport?(15 Posts)
My son plays ice hockey and he is a netminder/goalie. It is still a fairly niche sport in the UK. He get's weekly training but this is just team training with no particular goalie led specific training. There are a couple of camps this Summer that he would love to do and would be invaluable for him however the cost is quite pricey particulary once you've added on travel and hotel expenses.
So my question is - is there anywhere we can apply for a grant or something where we can get a little help. His club wont invest in this as they don't have the funds.
If there was funding for everyone, everyone would be applying. Is he especially talented?
I know some hockey players that can apply for county funding - but they have to be at national standard (i.e. have played for their country or been picked for the squad). Hope this helps.
I know some kids who get funding they are at national level on an Olympic development programme. You have to be at a really high level to get funding. Many parents spend thousand per year on sports, tennis for example. I think generally you have to pay for your kids hobbies whether that be sports, acting, music, dance or whatever until they reach an exceptional level. Could you not pay for it yourself? If it would be invaluable?
At the moment we are paying £200 per month or club fees and 1 weekly specific training session - that doesn't include parking, petrol etc. There are 2-3 camps per year that would be invaluable but they are in the regions of:
1 x weekly camp £400 plus 5 nights accommodation/food/travel - roughly £900
1 x 3 day camp £200 plus 3 nights accom, food, travel - £550
1 x 2 day camp £120 plus food (no acc) - £150
Could you ask the camp provider whether any of the children are funded in any way except their families paying?
Could you contact the national governing body for the sport and see if scholarships are available?
Do they take childcare vouchers?
Could your dd go in one of the training camps rather than all 3?
Could it be a birthday or Xmas present?
Is the £200 per month just for one training session per week, it seems high.
Or are there any other better clubs available where there is goalie training?
Could you ask the camp provider whether any of the children are funded in any way except their families paying? ALL PARENT FUNDED
Could you contact the national governing body for the sport and see if scholarships are available? ONLY OFFER THIS AT NATIONAL LEVEL
Do they take childcare vouchers? NOPE
Could your dd go in one of the training camps rather than all 3? ALL OF THEM ARE INVALUABLE OVER 12 MONTHS SO NO ALL 3 REQUIRED EACH TEACH DIFFERENT SKILLS AS WELL
Could it be a birthday or Xmas present? GOOD IDEA
Is the £200 per month just for one training session per week, it seems high. £50 A MONTH CLUB FEES AND £35 PER WEEK FOR ONE 3 HOUR TRAINING SESSION ABOUT NORMAL
I don't apply for sporting finding but do regularly apply for funding for other charitable organisations.
There are plenty of grassroots sporting funding out there, as in money for entry level sporting rather than county or professional level. However this is not individual funding, it would be funding that the sports club can apply for.
So if your sons club has, say, 6 or 12 children that would benefit from the summer club training. Or if the leaders could gain the qualification to be able to train the children themselves. Then the club could apply for funding specifically for this purpose.
Applying for funding is time consuming and sometimes hard work and has no gust enter of success - you have to prove a good "case" for you getting the money over other groups. So maybe you could offer to your sons club that you will do the paperwork for the sporting grant OP?
I would suggest your local county/borough council would be s good place to start for funding for get sports club. They may have funding pots ready and will also be able to point you in the direction of other local funding sources.
Tbh the scenario you are outlining is pretty much the same as any family wiht a child who does an extracurricular activity. Some activities are more expensive both in terms of coaching and kit (tennis or riding), others less so, either because less kit is required, and/or because club fees are lower and cover much of the coaching (football, cricket).
Your club fees seem pretty much in the middle of the range, ditto the cost of attending training camps. Those costs are also comparable with other activities such as music or drama - a late-primary age child who is playing an instrument to a high level will be costing £50 a week easily for a private lesson, a small group ensemble and an orchestra session. Holiday courses or activities such as national children's orchestra etc will be extra, total cost probably pretty much what you outline.
I don't understand why you feel this is unfair, tbh. If you are on benefits and struggling to afford the basic participation fee, then most clubs offer concessions on fees. If your child is so outstanding that they are competing and winning at national level, then there may be some funding from local authority and/or voluntary organisations, but it is likely to be in the region of a couple of hundred here or there - it will help buy a bit of kit or pay for some physio, but it won't make a significant dent in the overall costs.
There are no magic sources of funds for competitive sport in the UK. Kids who represent GB at international competitions still have to cover a significant proportion of their costs. Unless and until you get sponsorship or an all-expenses-paid scholarship to an American uni, any extracurricular activity will involve significant parental expenditure of time and cash.
That's life, tbh.
Well we wouldn't be able to afford that and so I'd guess that if there were grants etc then there would be high competition for them.
But actually do the prices have to be as high as you have put. You're allowing over £100 per night for accommodation. Surely you can find somewhere cheaper. Travel lodges can be very cheap if booked in advance. I had a child who was interested in that then that would be the first thing I'd look at.
Ask your local council's sports development section or the regional office of the National Governing Body of the sport involved. There are funds out there that do not require the child to be at county or national level but just local elite.
Find out about local charities which may offer local funding - eg Rotary.
My dd's area has a sports charity which offers grants. They got in touch with her school and asked the school to nominate worthy pupils, because my dd is on the G and T register for sport she was selected. We only got £200 but it made a massive difference to us for her chosen sport is very expensive.
So - ask the school and ask local charities.
Those amounts are slightly below our payments for my DS's sport. He is in a similar situation to your DS in that his playing position means that he has additional specialist training sessions.
Now he is playing at County / National level, he is sponsored by one of the kit manufacturers, who give him kit at half price.
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