Sports Inclusion Fund

Over the summer, we saw significant changes to government restrictions on sport and on-campus delivery and until recently, the Students Union and Sport & Active Life were preparing for solely on campus sport delivery, with a huge redirection to recreational sport such as IMS and Let's Do Leicester for Term 1. Considering the University gym only opened last month, we have had to shift our focus to ensure the inclusion fund continues to provide sporting opportunities for students. With students back on campus, expecting support in this area, this means that delivery has changed to prioritise getting this out and available as soon as possible. We hope in future, to have this sorted to ensure we meet the aims of providing this pot to a range of students who want to get involved in sport or simply stay active but for the 2020/21 year the pot delivery and access is explained below. 

The budget has been significantly reduced and to avoid removing the opportunity for students who have come to depend on it, we will only be offering the fund to students who have already received it in previous years. If this applies to you, a gym membership will add to your account week commencing Tuesday 20th October 2020, you will have a 4 week period to activate your membership through visiting the gym. If you have not activated your membership by this date the membership will be removed. 

All eligible students will have received an email regarding this. Please note, to ensure we can support as many students as possible who are eligible, we will only cover Gold gym membership. 

If you believe you should be eligible and have not received an email please contact

Do I have an opportunity to get a free membership this year if I don't meet the new criteria for the fund?

Yes there are other opportunities where you may be eligible to receive funds for gym membership. If you aren't eligible to receive the sports fund (i.e. you haven't received it before) and want to stay active, you will need to make a Hardship fund application. Once you fill out the form, the Welfare team will access if you are eligible for a range of awards including; general hardship fund, Covid hardship fund and the IT digital fund. We are aware that there will be students who would not be eligible for standard means tested hardship fund, but the Students' Union have worked with the University to make the criteria for the Covid hardship pot as accessible as possible so please don't be put off by this. If you are an International student, you will need to apply via the International student Hardship Fund. 

How can I find out more information about the Hardship Fund?

For any questions regarding the Hardship Fund and the application process please contact The Welfare team are here to solely provide support and assess applications so please use these contact details wisely. Thank you for your continued patience whilst we worked through what the delivery of this year will look like. 

I'm a student and I want to provide some feedback

For student feedback please contact your Executive Sports Officer Hannah Belcher at 

Tips for completing the Hardship Fund application

  • It is really important that you state the importance of sport to your health, especially during this pandemic as the Covid Hardship Fund has been set-up specifically to support students affected. 

  • Let them know if you have experience a change in your circumstances or finances due to the impact of Covid. 

  • If it is the gym membership that you want specifically, please do put that in your statement. Please note: the Welfare Team will still assess your eligibility for all the pots just to see if there are any other opportunities for you to receive support.

We understand the importance of student access to sport and hope to streamline this process in future, however with a reduced budget, many changes to sport delivery in the past months and staff capacity, our priority is ensuring we get support to you as quickly as possible.