The Future Leaders Fund

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors Here at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre, we believe in a healthy sense of adventure, and encourage participation in a Sporting Habit for Life. The most effective way to make sure as many young people as possible across the country are getting out, getting fit and getting happy is to train the trainers. We believe in the vital role that volunteer leaders play in their local communities, and we understand that the barriers to access that all-important training are more challenging than ever.

The National Mountain Centre trains people on the basis of talent, enthusiasm and commitment.  We believe it should never be on the basis of your ability to pay. That’s why we have created this fund to help support the volunteer leaders of the future – The Future Leaders Fund – to make sure that the next generation has the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and happy sporting habit for life.


What Is The Fund For?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoorsWe 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 and climbing 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.

The training and assessment courses included are:

  • Climbing Wall Award Training and Assessment
  • Single Pitch Award Training and Assessment
  • Hill Skills
  • Mountain Skills
  • Lowland Leader Training and Assessment
  • Hill and Moorland Leader Training and Assessment
  • Expediton Skills
  • Mountain Leader Training and Assessment (Summer)


Who Can Apply?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoorsAny volunteer leader in England with a genuine commitment to encouraging and developing others in the outdoors.
Currently the fund is available to support leaders in hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in areas of England where leaders and young people may be lacking in opportunity or advantage.
Three are no age restrictions although you must be old enough to be eligible to undertake the training or assessment course you are applying for according to the conditions of the relevant National Governing Body.


Who Cannot Apply?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors As the fund is aimed at the volunteer leaders, if you are a professional leaders or coach, you will not be successful in your application.
If you do not operate as a volunteer in any area listed on the ‘Future Leaders Area Index’ you will not be successful in your application.

If you do not meet the pre-requirements set out by the National Governing body for the training or assessment course you are applying for, you will not be successful in your application.


What If I Am A Volunteer In Wales?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors The DofE in Wales and the Mountain Training Trust have been awarded funding from the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust to support the training and qualification of Welsh volunteer DofE leaders.
The fund will enable leaders to gain additional experience and qualifications which in-turn will enhance the opportunities for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take part in a DofE programme.
By selecting proven and committed Volunteer Leaders through a fair process requiring referees, 75% bursaries will be offered across Wales, for a range of courses available at Plas y Brenin , The National Mountain Sports Centre.
The training courses available for subsidy include mountain leading, orienteering, trail cycling, paddlesport, canoeing, first aid and climbing wall instruction.
The mission of youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is to inspire, guide and support young people in their self development and recognise their achievements. We feel very strongly about enabling every young person, irrespective of background or circumstances to take part and succeed, helping them surmount the barriers that many face.
DofE research shows that the DofE has a remarkable impact on young people, especially those who face the biggest difficulties. Through their participation, they gain confidence, team working skills and an enhanced sense of self-worth, for many, the DofE is a life-changing experience.
The Mountain Training Trust (MTT) seeks to provide the best quality outdoor experiences at affordable prices to enhance opportunities for the safe enjoyment of the outdoor environment. The MTT manages Plas y Brenin on behalf of Sport England.
For further details on how to apply click here

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How Much Money?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors 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.

There are three zones within the Future Leaders Fund area index (below). Volunteer leaders or coaches operating within each zone are eligible for a specific level of subsidy.


Areas Eligible For Funding

Adur District
Allerdale District
Amber Valley District
Arun District
Ashfield District
Ashford District
Babergh District
Barking and Dagenham
Barnsley District
Barrow in Furness District
Basildon District
Bassetlaw District
Bedford Unitary
Birmingham District
Blackburn with Darwen
Bolsover District
Bolton District
Boston District
Bradford District
Braintree District
Breckland District
Broxbourne District
Broxtowe District
Burnley District
Bury District
Calderdale District
Cambridge District
Cannock Chase District
Canterbury District
Carlisle District
Castle Point District
Charnwood District
Cheltenham District
Cherwell District
Cheshire West and Chester
Chesterfield District
Chichester District
Chorley District
Christchurch District
City of Wolverhampton District
City of Bristol
City of Derby
City of Kingston upon Hull
City of Leicester
City of Nottingham
City of Peterborough
City of Plymouth
City of Portsmouth
City of Southampton
City of Stoke on Trent
City of Westminster
Colchester District
Copeland District
Corby District
County of Herefordshire
Coventry District
Craven District
Crawley District
Dartford District
Derbyshire Dales District
Doncaster District
Dover District
Dudley District
Durham County
East Cheshire
East Devon District
East Lindsey District
East Northamptonshire District
East Riding of Yorkshire
East Staffordshire District
Eastbourne District
Eden District
Epping Forest District
Erewash District
Exeter District
Fenland District
Forest Heath District
Forest of Dean District
Fylde District
Gateshead District
Gedling District
Gloucester District
Gosport District
Gravesham District
Great Yarmouth District
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harlow District
Hastings District
Havant District
Hertsmere District
High Peak District
Hyndburn District
Ipswich District
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Kensington and Chelsea
Kettering District
King's Lynn and West Norfolk District
Kirklees District
Knowsley District
Lancaster District
Leeds District
Lewes District
Lichfield District
Lincoln District
Liverpool District
Maidstone District
Maldon District
Malvern Hills District
Manchester District
Mansfield District
Mendip District
Mid Devon District
Milton Keynes
Newark and Sherwood District
Newcastle under Lyme District
Newcastle upon Tyne District
North Devon District
North Dorset District
North East Derbyshire District
North East Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire
North Norfolk District
North Somerset
North Tyneside District
North Warwickshire District
North West Leicestershire District
Northampton District
Norwich District
Nuneaton and Bedworth District
Oldham District
Oxford District
Pendle District
Preston District
Purbeck District
Redcar and Cleveland
Redditch District
Rochdale District
Rossendale District
Rother District
Rotherham District
Rugby District
Ryedale District
Salford District
Sandwell District
Scarborough District
Sedgemoor District
Sefton District
Selby District
Sheffield District
Shepway District
Solihull District
South Derbyshire District
South Hams District
South Holland District
South Kesteven District
South Lakeland District
South Ribble District
South Somerset District
South Tyneside District
Southend on Sea
St. Edmundsbury District
St. Helens District
Stafford District
Staffordshire Moorlands District
Stevenage District
Stockport District
Stockton on Tees
Sunderland District
Swale District
Tameside District
Tamworth District
Taunton Deane District
Teignbridge District
Telford and Wrekin
Tendring District
Thanet District
The City of Brighton & Hove
Torridge District
Tower Hamlets
Trafford District
Wakefield District
Walsall District
Waltham Forest
Watford District
Waveney District
Wellingborough District
Welwyn Hatfield District
West Devon District
West Dorset District
West Lancashire District
West Lindsey District
West Somerset District
Weymouth and Portland District
Wigan District
Wirral District
Worcester District
Worthing District
Wychavon District
Wyre District
Wyre Forest District

Red Zone: 75% subsidy

Blue Zone: 50% subsidy

Green Zone: 25% subsidy


How Do I Apply?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors
Carefully fill in submit the online application form, making sure that you add a referee whom you have checked with that it is okay for Plas y Brenin to contact (usually via e-mail). Once we have verified your involvement with the group (by contacting your referee) and confirmed your membership number with the voluntary organisation, we will process your application and let you know if you have been successful.


What Happens Next?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors We will process your application. We may contact you or the referees you listed in your application for more information.  We will notify you of the outcome within three weeks of application.
If your application is successful, you will be asked to fill in an online booking form for the course of your choice. At this point you will be required to pay the balance of your course fee (the course fee minus the level of subsidy applicable in the Future Leaders Fund Area index zone you have applied for).

Remember there may be a registration fee with the scheme of your choice. See Mountain Training's website for details


What More Can I Do?

Training as a volunteer leader in the outdoors Because this is a contribution funding grant, you still have some money to fork out to cover the balance of your course fee. If that is a problem for you, you may be able to raise the additional money by a simple fundraising or sponsorship event or process.
With a little effort and imagination, this personal fundraising can be extremely effective.
To help you in this area we’ve put together a sponsorship and fundraising pack full of ideas, advice and suggestions to help you raise the cash.

Dowload the future leaders fundraising packDownload the sponsorship and fundraising pack here.

We appreciate you’ll still have to find the cash to pay for your travel to and from Plas y Brenin so we even have ways we can help you there. You can make further savings by taking advantage of our travel share message board to arrange car sharing or, if you choose to travel by train our free minibus shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at Llandudno Junction station, saving you the expensive 20 mile transfer cost.


            Generous donations from these organisations make The Future Leaders Fund possible.

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If you'd like to add your logo to this page and help the next generation of ourdoor leader in UK with their training get in touch here



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