Funding and opportunities

Information about funding, volunteering, Sport Runnymede, sports awards and club support.

Funding for sport

Runnymede offers a variety of different grant programmes for individuals and clubs. We can also offer advice on different funding options and how to apply for the most suitable funding.

Funding for organisations

Grant Aid

We can offer grants to assist local voluntary and community groups or clubs who deliver sports activities. This could include a sports event or festival, sports equipment, or initial start up costs.

Funding for athletes and coaches

Grant Aid

Runnymede Borough Council can offer grants to assist individuals who participate or coach in sport. The grant could go towards training & competition costs, equipment, coaching courses or transport.

Note to organisations and individual applicants: prior to completing an application form, please contact Carol Holehouse on 01932 425628 to find out about current funding availability.

Surrey Personal Development Fund

The Surrey Personal Development Fund invites coaches and other activity leaders to apply for up to £250 towards training and/or qualifications. Funding is available for people who can demonstrate that they will be helping to increase participation in their local area. Applicants much show how they are increasing participation, targeting inactive people or supporting under-represented groups.

In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must meet some of the following criteria:

  • Delivering to participants within Surrey
  • Working with your Local Authority Officer or key local partners or have a willingness to work with them
  • Club/community coaches
  • Deliverers of community sport/physical activities
  • Increasing participation in sport and physical activity
  • Delivering to inactive people
  • Targeting underrepresented groups in society
  • Delivering in workplaces
  • Delivering to people aged 50+

What can the funding be used for?

  • Training courses and qualifications to help deliver sessions
  • Level 1, level 2, level 3 or equivalent coaching courses. Please note that the course must not have been started/completed before applying for the funding
  • Continuous Professional Development workshops for sport and physical activity delivery

Information that you will need to make an application:

  • Which local authority area you live in/deliver in
  • What training course/qualification you are applying for
  • How gaining this qualification/training will help you to increase participation
  • Who are you targeting? People aged 50+, young people from deprived parts of the county, women and girls, disabled people

To find out more and apply visit Surrey Personal Development Bursary.

Free Access for County Sportspeople (FACS)

The Runnymede FACS scheme enables eligible sports people living in the borough to train, free of charge, at a variety of venues during off-peak hours. To find out more and apply visit Free Access for County Sportspeople (FACS).

Active Surrey's Elite Scheme

Elite is Active Surrey's talented athlete support scheme that proudly assists local young athletes prepare for future Olympic & Paralympic Games, as well as other international sporting events.

The scheme is for national level athletes aged 14-25 and for an annual fee gives the support that athletes need to reach their full potential and develop to world class level.

The Elite membership is £80 for 12 months membership and runs from 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2018. As a part of the Elite scheme you will receive benefits worth £1800 for just under £7 per month.

Benefits of Active Surrey's Elite scheme include:

  • Access to your choice of three leisure centres from 20 available across Surrey
  • Performance Support from Surrey Sports Park - this includes access to six workshops run by Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Nutritionists, Physiotherapists and more
  • An athlete review at the end of the membership year
  • Access to selected sport therapist services including physiotherapy, psychology and nutritional advice at a reduced rate
  • Opportunities to raise your profile through events and develop your PR skills
  • Help with funding: 1-2-1 advice on where you can apply

For full details of the Elite scheme and to apply, please visit Active Surrey's Elite Funding page. Please note applications can only be made during the application window.

Active Surrey Workshops

There are a limited number of free places available for Active Surrey workshops held at the Runnymede Civic Centre for Runnymede clubs. Priority will be given to clubs or coaches working with the council. The workshops available are:

  • UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • First Aid in Sport

For details of the workshops held at the Runnymede Civic Centre visit Active Surrey Workshops.

To find out if you may be eligible for a free place email

Other Options

Voluntary Support North Surrey

Voluntary Support North Surrey (VSNS) offer advice on different funding options, from local sources of funding in Runnymede, to Surrey wide and national schemes. Please visit the Voluntary Support North Surrey website for more details or call 01932 571122.

Active Surrey

Active Surrey offer a range of different funding options, as well as assistance and advise on applying for other grants and funding pots. For more information, please visit Active Surrey - Funding or contact a member of the team on 01483 518944.

Surrey County Playing Fields Association

Surrey County Playing Fields Association has some funding available for individuals and clubs to apply for. More details can be found on the Surrey Playing Fields website.

Sport England

Sport England offer a huge amount of funding to sports clubs and organisations looking to develop sport and physical activity. This funding ranges from small grants of under £500 to major capital project grants of £100,000. For more information, please go to Sport England Funding.

National Governing Bodies (NGBs)

National Governing Bodies (NGBs) offer funding and support to any player, coach or club of their sport. The vast majority of sports have an NGB which can be found be searching the name of the sport, followed by "NGB". If you cannot find what you are looking for, or want to know further details, please email

Information on the Clubmark accreditation and local sports workshops.


An accredited club is recognised as a safe, effective and child-friendly sports environment.

All clubs which are affiliated with a Sport England recognised governing body now have the opportunity to join Runnymede's accredited clubs. Those which already hold accreditation can take advantage of Clubmark benefits by registering online with Active Surrey.

If you're interested in working toward accreditation or need support with the process, please email or call 01932 425677 .

Surrey Sports Workshops

These provide the opportunity for sports clubs and coaches to access development and training. There are regular core workshops; Safeguarding and Protecting Children and First Aid, as well as other workshops of interest to include funding and inclusive sport.

Visit Active Surrey for dates of workshops and to book your place.

Runnymede Sport Club Update

We produce a regular e-newsletter update which includes any events, courses, funding opportunities or other stories which may be of interest to Sports clubs and organisations.

Sports clubs are also invited to submit events and notices to be published in the Runnymede Sport and Health E-Newsletter which is sent out to residents. To have information included, or to receive the Sport Club Update, email

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Volunteering in sport

Sport relies on volunteers to be able to operate. Without them Runnymede could not provide the activities or have as many sports clubs and teams as it currently does. There are a number of ways to volunteer in sport within Runnymede, and there is always an opportunity available.

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the biggest annual sporting event for children in Surrey, with 15 sports to choose from. The Surrey Youth Games aims to introduce children to new sports with eight weeks of free training across the borough on offer which starts in April.

The training is provided by local clubs and coaches, and we are always looking for additional volunteers to support the training. If you are interested in volunteering, visit Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2020 for information about the programme email or call 01932 425677.

There are numerous volunteering opportunities over the games weekend from scoring and umpiring to van drivers and customer services assistants. If you would like to help make the games happen, visit Volunteer SYG.

Walk Leaders

Walking for Health is helping people across the country to get healthier and happier - but we couldn't do this without all the amazing volunteers that make our health walks possible.

Runnymede Healthy Walks are always after new walk leaders who lead health walks taking place around Runnymede. As a volunteer walk leader, you would be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.  As well as ensuring walks are friendly, safe and well run, walk leaders are also our ambassadors for walking, their scheme and Walking for Health - showing people that walking really can make a big difference to their lives. To volunteer as a local walk leader visit Runnymede Health Walks or email or call 01932 425677.

Sport Clubs

There are many clubs and groups who would always benefit from having more volunteers, and Runnymede Borough Council also have a number of sporting voluntary projects ongoing. If you are interested in volunteering in sport within Runnymede email or call 01932 425677.

Runnymede Borough Council offers grants to club coaches and volunteers looking to progress their sports coaching career through coach education courses. 

Young Volunteers

In today's highly competitive job market, how do you stand out from the crowd? How do you gain the necessary skills and experiences which Lead to Employability? Through volunteering!

As a young volunteer, not only will you gain from increased employability, new relationships and skills to help you in the workplace, the community will also benefit from a generation of young people who work together to bring sports and activity to everyone

If you are at a school in Runnymede and are volunteering, you can use Lead 2 Employability  to log your hours and get the chance to receive recognition and rewards for your efforts.

Egham and Staines Conservation Volunteers (ESCV) - what's on

ESCV meet once a fortnight throughout the year in the Runnymede and Spelthorne areas to perform a variety of tasks, all aimed at improving the local environment.

ESCV were formed by a group of local enthusiasts in 1986 with the help of The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV), to whom they are affiliated.

ESCV meet once a fortnight throughout the year in the Runnymede and Spelthorne areas to perform a variety of tasks, all aimed at improving the local environment

No great skills are required and all tools and refreshments are provided

All are welcome, though those under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult

To find out about ESCV upcoming events, please click the PDF on the right hand size, alternatively please visit the ESCV Facebook page.