University Tennis Coordinator wins Chris Potter Sports Bursary from BUCS

Sport and Recreation Tennis Coordinator and Sports Management Masters student, Emma Boucher, has won the Chris Potter Sports Bursary!


British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) have awarded the Chris Potter Sports Bursary to a committed tennis player and coach from the University of Portsmouth.
Emma Boucher, a Sports Management Masters student at Portsmouth, was awarded the first prize of £750 for the significant contribution she has made to tennis whilst at university.

Whilst studying for her undergraduate degree, Emma took on the role of Tennis Activator as part of our Get Active, Stay Active programme. Throughout her volunteering, she was able to build an inclusive tennis programme for both team and recreational players. Emma worked hard to deliver sessions such as Beginner Tennis, Returner Tennis, Campus Sport Box League, Monthly and Termly tournaments, Drop In Cardio Tennis and Touch Tennis, BUCS Doubles team training and Doubles Club recreational coached sessions.

In addition to her role as Tennis Activator, Emma also undertook roles within the University Tennis Club. During her undergraduate degree, she was Vice President, Women’s 1st Team Captain and University Tennis Ambassador. In her third year, she also took on the role of President whilst continuing her role as University Tennis Ambassador.

Currently completing her Masters degree, Emma also works for the Department of Sport and Recreation as the University Tennis Coordinator. In addition to this, she is also Women’s 1st Team Captain for the University Tennis Club.

Her involvement has helped to contribute to a 41% increase in student club membership at the tennis club this year.


“I am extremely grateful to all the support given to me by the University of Portsmouth”


After hearing the news of winning the bursary, Emma had the following comments:

“I am truly grateful and very privileged to be awarded the Chris Potter Sports Bursary for 2017. My sincere thanks go to BUCS, the family of Chris Potter and the Department of Sport and Recreation. Without their invaluable support, this bursary would not have been possible.  My love for tennis is a key motivator in making this fantastic game accessible to all students, whatever their ability, and to ensure their student experience, whilst at University, is enhanced by sport.

I am extremely grateful to all the support given to me by the University of Portsmouth, The Lawn Tennis Association, Tennis Foundation and many local sports organisations who continue to support my vision of making tennis available to all who have a desire to play. This bursary will secure the funding for my level 3 tennis coaching qualification, ensuring the University can continue to offer students the opportunity to participate in this great sport at all levels.”

Emma will be officially recognised for the bursary at the BUCS Awards Dinner on Thursday 13 July 2017.

The Chris Potter Sports Bursary has been running for the last 26 years. Applications for the annual bursary will be open again at the start of 2017-18 academic year. To find out more on the Chris Potter Sports Bursary, please click here.

Our Get Active, Stay Active programme offers sessions in 25 sports, with over 50 sessions a week. The programme is available all year round to students and staff at the University of Portsmouth. Membership is free and sessions are either free-of-charge or at reduced costs. To read a case study on Emma’s previous involvement in Get Active, Stay Active – please click here.
Interested in becoming an Activator for a particular sport? Or want to know more about our Get Active programme? Please contact Alex Cole ( to find out how you can be part of the team.