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Funding and Resources

ReTrain to ReTain

Funding and support

How we could help you...

ReTrain to Retain offers a wealth of training, resources and tools to support fitness professionals, group exercise instructors, sports coaches and volunteers. 

You’ll be able to access great resources, benefits and support packages, based on your individual role and personal circumstances (such as where you work and the type of people you work with). 

Support for all

Anyone involved in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England can access a range of free training resources to support you in your role.  Click here for more detail on what support is available to you.

Funded resources and benefits for everyone accepted into the programme

ReTrain to Retain participants in any eligible paid role, who have been impacted by Covid-19, will also be able to enjoy free access to a range of benefits supplied by CIMSPA, including:

  • The Digital Marketing Hub, a free hub of on demand training, webinars, and mentorship to help you upskill your digital marketing ability. 
  • The ReTrain to ReTain Learning Hub; 20 pieces of digital learning and 30 webinars to help you get back into work or increase your working hours - covering job applications, interview techniques, being resilient, managing your personal and business finances.
  • A job matching service to support you in gaining new employment or additional hours. 
  • A 35% discount with Bloomsbury to support you when buying resources to support your learning.
  • Discounted endorsed training from CIMSPA education partners in areas such as marketing yourself and personal development.
  • Discounted training from Les Mills, TRX, Net Profit Explosion, inside track, Fibodo and Burrell Education.
  • Keep in touch with the latest developments in the sector through regular bulletins from CIMSPA.

Extra funded resources for paid sports coaches and group exercise professionals

Applicants from specific job roles (assistant sports coach, sports coach or group exercise instructor) who have been made unemployed or have had your working hours reduced or restricted at any point due to Covid-19, will be able to access additional benefits from EMD UK or UK Coaching, depending on your role. 


  • Free membership of EMD UK in the relevant category, or
  • £50 off a selected training courses
    • This Girl Can Class Instructor Training
    • Endorsed CPD Training with EMD UK Member Organisations* 
  • £50 of PPL credits allowing you to use licenced music when delivering your classes.

*conditions apply

UK Coaching support for paid sports coaches:

Full 12 months access to UK Coaching’s learning and development content:

  • A UK Coaching Club subscription, worth £24 per year, with 12 months unlimited access to over 500 learning resources, plus specific eLearning courses:
    • St John Ambulance First Aid Digital refresher 
    • Inclusive Activity Programme, developed with the Activity Alliance 
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
    • Duty to Care Digital Badge
  • Those in paid coaching roles can also benefit from all of the above, plus
    • Safeguarding Refresher eLearning, developed with the NSPCC
    • Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity eLearning course, developed with Mind 
    • 12 months multi-sport insurance cover 

Full funded support for those who need it most - ReTrain

Selected individuals (see eligibility) who have been the most impacted by the pandemic and require the most support, will benefit from all of the above, plus:

  • Access to ReTrain funding, covering 100% of the costs of qualifications and CPD, determined by a Training Needs Analysis
  • Additional support provided based on your identified needs.


The ReTrain to ReTain initiative will also provide a route back into coaching for volunteer coaches who have lost their connection to coaching through the disruption caused by the pandemic.

If you are eligible, benefits include:

  • A free UK Coaching Club Subscription which provides a year unlimited access to over 500 industry training materials, webinars, toolkits, professional templates and expert guides, as well as products and services to help you support yourself outside of coaching
  • Safeguarding Refresher eLearning (Digital Kids option), developed in partnership with safeguarding experts the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
  • 'Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity+’ eLearning course, developed with mental health charity Mind
  • St John Ambulance First Aid Digital Refresher eLearning course
  • Inclusive Activity Programme eLearning course, developed with inclusion experts the Activity Alliance
  • All the benefits of a standard UK Coaching Club account, which includes Sudden Cardiac Arrest eLearning and our Duty to Care Digital Badge

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