Sports grants, employment and training

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.

    Before applying to the Hackney Youth Sport Fund, please refer to the application guidance.


    Application forms

    Closing dates

    Round 1 of the 2018/19 applications closed at 12 noon on Friday 28 September 2018. The closing date for round 2 is Monday 28 January 2019 at 12 noon.

    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

    VisitLondon 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 

    Walk leader training is aimed primarily at volunteers who wish to lead community walks, and is run where there is an existing Walk 4 health scheme. 

    Training is free of charge; however we do ask that you give a minimum of 2 voluntary hours on completion of the course. This can be as a walk leader/assistant leader of your own community walk or as part of the Council's walking together scheme. We are looking for volunteers who are friendly and approachable, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable.

    The walk leader training day covers: a demonstration of a health walk, the benefits of physical activity and how to lead a walk. To be eligible you must be over 16 years old. To apply:

    The one day training will be held at Dalston CLR James Library, from 9.45am-5pm on:

    • Thursday 23 August
    • Wednesday 27 February

    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:

    Stroke awareness workshops

    A series of free interactive half-day awareness and prevention workshops organised by Triangle Care Stroke Project in partnership with the Council. The workshops cover:

    • facts and figures - epidemiology of stroke
    • understanding stroke and associated risk factors
    • physiology
    • types of stroke
    • FAST test - recognising common symptoms of stroke
    • the effects of stroke
    • supporting people who have had a stroke
    • local stroke care pathways

    For further information or to book a place, call the Stroke Project on 020 7017 2810 or 020 7017 2815, or email

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