Sports grants and coaching

We award grants to help with the development of young people in sport, through our talented young athlete and progressive club grant schemes.

Hackney youth sport fund

We’re supporting young people’s development in sport – maybe even helping them to become world class athletes. If you’re a committed, motivated athlete who’s determined to succeed, you could be eligible to apply for a Hackney youth sports grant. We also offer community club grants for groups which contribute to the development and promotion of sport and physical activity within Hackney for young people.

Before applying to the Hackney youth sport fund, please refer to the application guidance.


Application forms

Closing dates

The 2019/20 application closing dates are 12 noon on:

  • round 1: Monday 30 September 2019
  • round 2: Thursday 16 January 2020

Cash 4 clubs (UK)

Sports clubs that are registered with their sport’s national governing body or local authority can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the Cash 4 clubs grants scheme. Cash 4 clubs gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.  Since 2008 over £100,000 has been given out in grants to 139 community sports clubs across the UK. There are 3 tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000. You can make an application at any time.

London Sport

Visit London Sport to search for a variety of sport and physical activity funding streams for organisations. You can also search for funding opportunities.

Training opportunities


For those wishing to train as a teacher or coach in a particular sport, we are able to offer advice about the opportunities available (including, where possible, advice about funding options). For more information, please contact us.

Sport Structures is an external provider which offers general sports coaching courses and courses in specific sports, including basketball and boxing.

Walk leader training

Employment opportunities

The range of employment opportunities provided by Hackney’s sports facilities can include:

  • facility-based staff
  • duty officers
  • leisure assistants
  • receptionists and cleaners
  • coaching/instructor staff
  • swimming teachers
  • aerobic teachers

Finding vacancies

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) manage Hackney’s sports facilities and also some members of staff,on behalf of the Council.

For vacancies in Hackney’s sports facilities, please check:

The GLL Sports Foundation 

The GLL Sports Foundation supports athletes across 73 areas of the UK.

Supported athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, a ‘Better’ Gym membership and more. In 2019 GLL is investing over £1.5 million into the development of local athletes who aspire to follow in the footsteps of athletes such as Susie Rodgers, Dina Asher-Smith and Lutalo Muhammad.

Page updated on: 23 August 2019

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