Wirral Sports Forum

Bursary Awards

Providing help to Wirral sports people to achieve their sporting goals

About bursaries

The Wirral Sports Forum provides a voice for local sports clubs, associations and leagues on Wirral. Supported by Wirral Council, the Forum acts as a unique networking hub to assess the sporting needs of the area and provide help and advice on a range of subjects including Clubmark accreditation and sports promotion. The Forum exists to help promote and, where possible, support Wirral’s developing sporting talent. Part of this contribution is to raise funds for a unique bursary scheme.

The Forum annually announces to its members the opportunity of applying for a sports bursary that will provide financial help to young sports people to achieve their sporting goals. 

The Wirral Sports Forum Foundation is our charitable wing. Administered by the Charities Trust all monies raised go towards helping our Wirral sports stars of the future. Monies raised come from profits made at events, such as the Wirral Sports Awards and donations made to the Forum.

Chair of the Forum Ronan Kearney commented “The annual Wirral Sports Awards significantly contributes to our bursary scheme. I would encourage all Wirral’s Sports Clubs and Association representatives to join the Forum. Joining the Wirral Sports Forum allows Clubs the opportunity to apply for our sports bursaries.”

“Joining the Wirral Sports Forum allows Clubs the opportunity to apply for our sports bursaries.”

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Bursary Awards 2024

Applications for the 2024 Sports Bursary Awards are now open.

All Wirral Sports Forum Members benefit from this award scheme. Set up primarily to help our Wirral sporting stars of the future to give them financial support on their sporting pathway to success.

Please read our How To Apply section below for details. If you require any further information please contact us. 

congratulations to our 2023 bursary award winners

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jerry Williams, was delighted to present bursary awards to several local junior people on July 5th 2023 at Birkenhead Town Hall.
Monies raised by the Wirral Sports Forum funded the bursaries. The Wirral Sports Forum exists to promote Wirral’s sporting success and, where possible, support Wirral’s developing sporting talent. Part of this contribution is to raise funds for the unique bursary award scheme.
Presentations were made to the following:
• Grace Dunne – GB Gymnastic Tumbler.
• Ella and Poppy Boden – Junior GB Laser Run and Triathele events.
• Annabelle and Jasmine Rogan – Junior GB Laser Run and Triathele events.
• Niamh Maguire – Indoor Roller Derby.
• Patience Wood – Under 18 GB Archery.
• Charlotte Mackie – Junior GB Laser Run.
The awards will help fund their development and competitive opportunities at a county, national, European and world levels.
Commenting on the awards Wirral Sports Forum Chair Ronan Kearney said “We wish all of them success in their individual and team events and look forward to hearing from them on how they all got on. The bursary awards are an exclusive benefit for our forum members. I would encourage all local sports clubs, leagues or associations to join the Wirral Sports Forum. Our fund raising primarily comes from the annual Wirral Sports Awards. This year’s event takes place on 17th October 2023 and we are now receiving nominations under the different categories. All nominations have to be in by 31st July.”
Online entries can be made by going to wirralsportsforum.org
For further information on the Awards, Bursaries or to join the Wirral Sports Forum, please contact Dave Simmonds, Community Sports Development Officer on 0787 6577187 or email wirralsportsforum@wirral.gov.uk

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Helping Our Future wirral stars

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How to apply for a sports bursary

Do i have to be a member of the sports forum ?

Yes. Sports bursaries are for individuals who are members of clubs, leagues or associations that have a valid membership on the date of bursary application.

Is there an age limit ?

Applicants for one of our bursaries must be under the age of 25 on the date the application is submitted.

what information needs to be provided ?

Details of your sport, your position/ranking in that sport, reason for needing the bursary and what it will be used for. Further information is provided in the guidance notes on the application form.

if i need additional funding can i apply again ?

Unfortunately repeated applications for the same purpose will not be accepted.

what happens if i'm unsuccessful with my application ?

All bursary applications are given due diligence by the Sports Forum’s Bursary Committee. Funding is limited and awards are given to those individuals who will benefit the most in terms of achieving their longer term goals. If you are unsuccessful in this years round of applications please do apply again next year.

If successful when do i receive my bursary ?

Successful applicants are notified two to three weeks after the closing date. A presentation ceremony is held with the Mayor or Mayoress of Wirral a short time after this. 


A worthwhile investment for your Club, League or Association.

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Single Sports Club (unlimited club members)

Small or independent club then this one’s for you.


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League or Association (up to 20 Clubs)

Running a local league with up to 20 clubs then join below.


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League or Association (more than 20 Clubs)

Large league with multiple divisions with more than 20 clubs.


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