Platinum Sports Scholarship

The Sports Scholarship is a programme that offers students at the University additional support so that they may continue their sporting lives alongside their academic studies while at Leicester. The programme consists of a number of elements across different areas that look to help a student reach their potential.


  • Gold membership to sports facilities (value £245)
  • Sports massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy (value up to £250)
  • Up to £25 on Upay Chilli card to use on campus
  • Access to scholarship workshops
  • Individual needs assessment interviews
  • Mentoring support
  • Physiological support
  • Quality coaching within the Team Leicester environment
  • Access to Coach Education through Leicester Academy
  • Advice from the University Accommodation Office on best accommodation for individual needs
  • Excellent links to representative sectors and National Governing Bodies
  • Up to £5,000 financial contribution on agreed items (travel expenses, equipment, specialist coaching)

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • Have applied for any full-time undergraduate/postgraduate programme at the University of Leicester for the 2017/18 academic year and selected us as your firm choice or be a current registered student for the 2017/18 academic year
  • Be able to demonstrate your sporting achievements
  • Hold a performance level or equivalent to 'International Standard' for your sport within the last 18 months
  • Provide a valid reference from a suitable adult e.g. coach or teacher at your school or college
  • Be an ambassador for your sport with a commitment to supporting the development and performance of the relevant University sports clubs for your sport (in place)
  • Be able to demonstrate a commitment to striving for personal excellence
  • Meet the minimum grade requirements for your offer from the University

Provided you fulfil all the above requirements, we will accept applications from a wide variety of sports.

Whilst we do have target sports as a University, we do endeavour to support all BUCS sports where possible.

How to apply

The deadline for applications for 2017/18 has passed.

To apply, please complete the application form. Your application must be accompanied by a personal statement, sporting reference and budget. Please send your completed application form, along with your personal statement and reference to Liz Jennings at

All Sports Scholars must abide by our terms and conditions.

Please note that you can apply for both a Platinum Sports Scholarship and a Golf Bursary.