SOBS is also an educational charity and to this end, awards annual bursaries to recommended young singers studying at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and English National Opera. So far as ballet is concerned, bursaries are awarded to recommended students at the Yorkshire Ballet Annual Summer School and to Junior Associates of the Royal Ballet School. These are promising students of local ballet schools who are offered Royal Ballet Associate Student status by being given the opportunity to attend weekly or fortnightly lessons at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden.