Tier 1 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.


  • Annual sports facility gold membership (value £250)
  • Sports massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy (value up to £250)
  • Individualised physical conditioning programme
  • Athlete Education Programme, including UKAD Advice
  • Athlete life skills coaching programme
  • Provision of scholar’s kit
  • Quality coaching within the Team Leicester environment
  • Up to £25 on Upay Chilli card to use on campus
  • Up to £5,000 financial contribution on agreed items (e.g. travel expenses, equipment, specialist coaching, nutritional advice)

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • Have applied for any full-time undergraduate/postgraduate programme at the University of Leicester for the 2018/19 academic year and selected us as your firm choice or be a current registered student for the 2018/19 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 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, 2 September 2018, has now passed.

To apply, please complete the application form. Your application must be accompanied by a personal statement and sporting reference. Please send your completed application form, along with your personal statement and reference to Steve Bayley on smb76@leicester.ac.uk.

All Sports Scholars must abide by our terms and conditions.