Supporting young athletes during their time at Portsmouth

As well as a reputation for academic excellence, we also have a history of sporting success. We provide financial and specialist support to student athletes, to help maximise their sporting potential whilst studying at the University of Portsmouth.


Our aim is to help student athletes balance their training and competition schedule, along with the pressures of achieving a high quality degree. We do this by providing support through our Sports Scholarship Scheme. If you are competing at a regional or international level in your sport, you may be eligible for funding.

 

We provide scholarships for around 20 talented student athletes every year. Our scholarships are worth between £2,000 and £6,000 each. The scheme is open to all students, irrespective of nationality, year of study or academic course.

 

Applications open in the summer, and scholarships are awarded at the start of the academic year in September. Focus is given to sports within the BUCS programme and Olympic and Paralympic sports, with other sports considered on a case by case basis.

SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

All of our Sports Scholarships provide student athletes with the below benefits, such as access to our sports facilities, physiotherapy, expert sports advice and analysis, strength and conditioning coaching, one-on-one mentor support, clothing and more!

FINANCIAL BURSARIES

from £250 up
to £3,000

1-TO-1
COACHING

1-TO-1
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SESSIONS

EXPERT
SPORTS NUTRITION ADVICE

FREE GYM MEMBERSHIP AND ACCESS TO FACILITIES

FREE
PHYSIO

MEDIA PROMOTION AND EXPERIENCE

EXPERT SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY ADVICE

BUCS AFFILIATION FOR YOUR AU CLUB

REGULAR
1-TO-1 MENTORING

 

THREE LEVELS OF SCHOLARSHIP

Our scholarship scheme runs on three levels. Each level includes the benefits listed above, plus a varying amount of financial bursaries from £250 up to £3,000, including funding for competitions and training. There are specific criteria for each level of scholarship.

 

PREVIOUS SPORTS SCHOLARS

Over the years, we have supported many athletes who have gone on to compete at the highest level, including winning Paralympic Gold.Here is a small selection of our high achievers.

LAUREN STEADMAN

Swimming and Paratriathlon

MSc Business and Management

Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medallist and Double World Champion

DAN BENTLEY

Boccia

BA (Hons) Communication Design

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Gold Medallist and London 2012 Bronze Medallist

JONOTHAN FRANCOIS

Boxing

BSc (Hons) Sports Development

BUCS Champion and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Boxer

HOLLY JANE MYERS

Rugby

BA (Hons) History and Politics

England Rugby Union and Rugby League International

SARAH NORBURY

Sailing

BA (Hons) Applied Languages

Royal Yachting Association Podium Potential Sailor

BEN KHOR

Double Trap Shooting

BA (Hons) Architecture

Delhi 2008 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist

MARY PERROT

Archery

BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

GB International Archer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I qualify for a Sports Scholarship?

  • You must be enrolled or enrolling onto either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at the University of Portsmouth.
  • If you intend to study in the following academic year, your application will also be considered.
  • You must also meet a specific criteria for the level of scholarship, as listed above.
  • The scheme is open to all students, irrespective of nationality or academic course.
  • Scholarships are awarded annually and applications are welcomed by students in any year of study.
  • Focus is given to sports within the BUCS programme and Olympic and Paralympic sports, with other sports considered on a case by case basis.

How can I apply?

  • Applications for the 2018/19 academic year are now open.
  • Please use the form at the top of this page to be e-mailed further details and a link to our application form.

What is the application process?

  • Once you have submitted the application form, we aim to get back to you within two weeks of receiving your application with details of the next stage.
  • Your initial application may be followed up with an casual discussion with our Scheme Manager, or a trial process either prior to coming to university or during pre-season.
  • Once applications have closed, all applications are considered and a university panel representing a broad spectrum of higher eduction sport will select applicants to be awarded a level of scholarship.

When do I need to apply by?

  • If you wish to be part of the Sports Scholarship Scheme for the 2018/19 academic year, please apply before the deadline.
  • The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 31st August 2018. Applications after this date may not be considered.
  • If you are considering applying, we would encourage you to complete the application form as soon as it is available, or soon after you mark the University of Portsmouth as your final UCAS choice.
  • If you are a University of Portsmouth student and currently play within the Athletic Union, we will accept your application as soon as the current BUCS season has finished.

I'm about to start university in my first year, can I still apply?

  • Yes, our Sports Scholarship Scheme is open to all students, regardless of their year of study.
  • If you are a prospective student for the next academic year we would encourage you to apply before, or soon after, you mark the University of Portsmouth as your final UCAS choice.

What is expected of a Sports Scholar?

  • All recipients will be expected to sign an agreement accepting the terms and conditions of the programme.
  • As a Sports Scholar, you will be a representative of the University of Portsmouth. As such, you must:
    • demonstrate a commitment towards your academic studies.
    • fully commit to representing the University of Portsmouth in BUCS competitions and wherever possible.
    • meet with the Scheme Manager at least twice a term.
    • keep us informed of your progress and achievements, including any success such as national or international selection.
    • be available for a number of press and PR opportunities over the course of the academic year.
    • wear Sport Scholarship clothing as provided for University of Portsmouth fixtures and other appropriate opportunities.

How do I get in touch with you?

  • Head of Sport at the University of Portsmouth, Paul Tilley, is also the Scheme Manager and responsible for all Sports Scholars. 
  • Within his role, he coordinates the scheme, workshops and training for all athlete scholars. He also provides one-to-one mentoring, lifestyle advice and liaises with academic staff when flexibility is required.
  • If you'd like to speak with someone about our Sports Scholarship Scheme, or ask a question which isn't answered by this page, please contact the Scheme Manager using the details below to arrange a casual chat or a visit to our facilities:

Telephone: +44 (0) 2392 84 5719

E-mail: [email protected]

Address: Spinnaker Sports Centre, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth. PO1 2ER