Bursary Scheme

New bursary initiative combined with free coaching

OMYFL Bursary Scheme

With the on-going COVID-19 situation causing financial difficulties and uncertainties for clubs, especially at grassroots level, the League have been looking at ways to help specifically in the area of entry fees for the 2020-2021 season.

As a result, we can announce a brand new initiative in partnership with Ignite Sports UK Ltd to offer both a free coaching course to help with the return to coaching after the lockdown and, linked to that, a bursary scheme towards club fees for the 2020-2021 season.

As a League, we would like to express our gratitude to Ignite Sports and, in particular, to Justin Merritt, the Chief Executive of Ignite, for partnering with the League and offering this fantastic opportunity to our clubs. In these uncertain times, any support that can be given to grassroots sports is very welcome.


The programme will contain modules covering the following subjects:

  • Season Planning, Block Planning & Session planning
  • Pre-season ideas for foundation phase and youth development phasev
  • Nutrition & Health for Football
  • Session Delivery & Creating a positive environment
  • Player Assessments and Challenge Setting

The course will be delivered via online videos and course tasks with additional live webinars via Zoom.


Recommended course duration 3-4 weeks for effective application of the tasks. It is 10-12 hours of work to complete the programme which can be managed in the coach’s own timeframe.

Coaches will also receive session plan ideas, tools to support their coaching and will be able to access regular newsletters as part of the Step Up Community.

Course enrolment:

Managers/coaches need to be 19 years of age on the 1st August 2019 to be eligible and be coaching in an OMYFL team for 2020-2021 season (this includes teams joining the League as part of clubs joining as new club members). For maximum impact coaches working together in a team as manager and assistant will benefit from completing planning tasks together.

Course Introduction date:

Zoom Live Webinar Tuesday 30th June 7.00pm.


To enrol please use the following link:



For each manager/coach (to a maximum of two per team) that enrols and completes the course, Ignite Sports UK will donate to the League a bursary of £50.00 towards the team fees for that club. The payment will be sent to the League on behalf of your club on completion of the course.

Once you have booked on the course, Ignite will take further details including your club and team so the bursary can be assigned appropriately to the correct team at the end of the course.

Therefore, if a team puts one person through the course, then they will get a 50% reduction in their team entry fee (£50 instead of £100) and if the team puts through two people, then the team entry fee is reduced to £0!


Ignite Sports UK are based in Oxford and operate nationally, providing a portfolio of training and services to individuals, schools and the sports industry, ranging from weekly clubs for tots to adult courses. If you are interested in seeing what other courses and services are offered by Ignite Sports UK, please click on the logo below to visit their website

Ignite Sports UK Limited

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