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Awards and Bursaries

The Future Leaders Fund

Alpine Mountaineering GrantWe have a pot of money available to help volunteer leaders in the outdoors access the training they need and deserve in order for them to perform better as a leader or coach in mountain sports
Currently aimed at furthering hillwalking, mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and paddlesports in England, the funding available comes in the form of a direct subsidy on training or assessment courses at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre.
The amount of subsidy is linked to an index of areas where those interested in becoming outdoor leaders may be lacking in opportunity or advantage.
In short, The Future Leaders Fund makes the training you need as a volunteer leader more affordable - by up to 75%!

Find out more about or apply for The Future Leaders Fund here

James Brownhill Memorial Fund

James BrownhillThis fund was set up by James' family following his death on 1st July 2011, on the Frendo Spur in Chamonix, France. James was an avid climber and mountaineer. His love for climbing led him to develop skills in every climbing style but it was in Alpine and Traditional climbing where he sought to improve most. His consistent passion for climbing led to involvement with his university club, an opportunity to share enthusiasm, skills and James Brownhillknowledge with like minded individuals.

The fund aims to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability within university climbing clubs. The fund will award volunteer leaders within the clubs with bursaries to undertake courses to consolidate and develop safe climbing practice for teaching new and inexperienced climbers in individual and group situations.

Each year bursaries will be awarded to part fund training courses run by Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre. Courses attracting bursaries include Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Climbing wall award. To apply for a for bursary download an application form here.

Gerald Harris Memorial Trust

Walking in the mountainGerald Harris was an enthusiastic and experienced mountaineer who as a teacher spent a great deal of his time sharing his love for, and knowledge of the mountains with young people. He was a well-loved, much respected member of the outdoor community as well as regular and welcome visitor to Plas y Brenin.
Following Gerald's death his family set up a trust fund in his memory. Today The Gerald Harris Memorial Trust aims to help other teachers gain the necessary qualifications to lead groups of young people in the mountains of the United Kingdom. As a result, each year a number of teachers and others will be able to take advantage of subsidised places on a Mountain Leader Training or Hill and Moorland Leader Training course at Plas y Brenin.If you would like to be considered for a subsidised place on a qualification course at Plas y Brenin download and complete a booking form and send it, together with a brief letter outling your experience and why you would benefit from this opportunity to the Gerald Harris Memorial Trust at Plas y Brenin.

Godfrey Jackson Memorial Award

Scottish Winter MountaineeringGodfrey Jackson was a very keen mountaineer who had a particular love for snow, ice and winter climbing. He derived a great deal of pleasure from the climbing he did throughout the world and always had a keen interest in helping young people to climb. Godfrey was also a good friend and supporter of Plas y Brenin. Following his death, Godfrey’s family established a trust fund which helps young people between the ages of 18 and 23 gain experience of snow and ice climbing so that they can further their mountaineering. The training is provided through Plas y Brenin.
Each year 8 places will be available in Scotland on our Scottish Winter Mountaineering course . If you would like to be considered for one of these places download and complete a booking form and send it, together with a brief letter outlining your mountaineering experience and why you would benefit from this opportunity, to the Godfrey Jackson Award at Plas y Brenin by the 30th November.

Jonathan Conville Trust

Alpine MountaineeringThe Trust was set up by the family of Jonathan Conville following his death on the North Face of the Matterhorn at the age of 27. The Trust has provided several thousand subsidised training places on introductory courses in the Alps and in Scotland in winter since 1979.

This valuable support to safer mountaineering is now administered and co-ordinated by the Mountain Training trust and Plas y Brenin. The BMC and MCofS also support these places.

Details of the application process for the 100 places on the 3 day courses based in Argentiere in July and the 80 places based in the Cairngorms in January are available. For more details click here



Benjamin Brabner Memorial Fund

Scottish Winter MountaineeringBen lived in the Brecon Beacons National Park with his family. He enjoyed all sorts of sports but especially alpine sports. He skied, mountain biked and climbed in the USA, Canada and Europe. Even though Ben was diagonised with diabetes at the age of eight, he never let this interfere with his sport. He loved the mountains and weas an able off-piste skier. Ben tragically died at the age of 34. His friendliness and sense of hunour will never be forgotten.

The Benjamin Brabner bursary is awarded by the Trustees to successful applicants who must be between 18 and 25 years of age to provide part funding on Scottish Winter Mountaineering, Alpine Essentials for Young People and Alpine Preparation for Young People.

If you would like to be considered for one of the places on the Scottish Winter Mountaineering course download and complete a booking form and send it, together with a brief letter outlining your mountaineering experience and why you would benefit from this opportunity, to the Benjamin Brabner Memorial Fund at Plas y Brenin by the 30th November.

If you would like to be considered for one a place on the Alpine Preparation for Young People or Alpine Essentials for Young People courses download and complete a booking form and send it, together with a brief letter outlining your mountaineering experience and why you would benefit from this opportunity, to the Benjamin Brabner Memorial Fund at Plas y Brenin.

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