Sussexsport

Sports Scholarship Scheme

We offer sports scholarships to talented University of Sussex students who have reached national standard in their chosen sport and are committed to improving their performance and contributing to sport at Sussex

Our Sports Scholarship Scheme has been supporting students reach their athletic potential since 2003, with successes coming from Olympic games, national titles and medals at BUCS championships.

The scheme is committed to delivering sporting excellence and support to students who display outstanding sporting ability or show the potential to reach that level in the near future. The scheme supports all students and sports that meet the application criteria and has supported hundreds of students and over 20 different sports since 2003. 

The Sports Scholarship Scheme is supported by Alumni and friends of the University via the Sussex Fund. The Sussex Fund is passionate about giving students at Sussex the opportunity to fulfil their academic and athletic potential.

The scheme provides comprehensive packages across three tiers, which include access to facilities and services, high level coaching, a successful mentoring programme and a determination to help our students reach their potential.

Tier 1 - High Performance Athlete Scheme

You should currently represent your country at senior level and be from a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) recognised sport. You will be committed to improving your performance and contributing to sport at Sussex.

  • Up to £1,000 per year in financial support: 

To support students in covering costs for tournament entry, training, travel, injury prevention, registration and essential equipment

Unlimited access to fitness rooms. Classes and court hire on agreement with programme co-ordinator

  • Branded clothing

Some training clothing will be supplied for the year

  • Car parking privileges

There are a number of car parking permits to park on campus allowed for those whose training/playing needs request this support

There are two supervised group training sessions with exclusive use of the strength and conditioning training room

  • Strength and conditioning training plans

Bespoke strength and conditioning programs are available for all on the scheme who require them

  • Fitness testing

There are two fitness testing sessions each year to support performance improvements

  • Mentoring 

Each student is assigned a mentor for the year to support them on the scheme. Each student will meet two-three times a year with their mentor

  • Access to physiotherapy 

There is a weekly sports injury clinic based on campus that students can access

  • Chiropractic Support

Chiropractic support is available a regular times throughout the week. This is based at on campus and is bookable online

  • Training and Nutrition Workshops

There are planned workshops throughout the year to support performance enhancement, injury prevention and recovery

  • Links to external clubs

The University is well equipped to support students in finding local clubs/teams to improve performance and overall student experience

Complimentary Students' Union membership covering training costs and insurance, allowing the individual to compete in BUCS competitions

  • Academic flexibility (performance athletes only)

Option of academic flexibility if exams and assessments clash with competitions 

Tier 2 - Performance Athlete Scheme

You should currently represent your country at junior level or be a member of a national level development squad. Sports must be recognised by Sport England. You will be committed to improving your performance and contributing to sport at Sussex.

  • Up to £500 per year in financial support: 

To support students in covering costs for tournament entry, training, travel, injury prevention, registration and essential equipment

Unlimited access to fitness rooms. Classes and court hire on agreement with programme co-ordinator

  • Branded clothing

Some training clothing will be supplied for the year

  • Car parking privileges

There are a number of car parking permits to park on campus allowed for those whose training/playing needs request this support

There are two supervised group training sessions with exclusive use of the strength and conditioning training room

  • Strength and conditioning training plans

Bespoke strength and conditioning programs are available for all on the scheme who require them

  • Fitness testing

There are two fitness testing sessions each year to support performance improvements

  • Mentoring 

Each student is assigned a mentor for the year to support them on the scheme. Each student will meet two-three times a year with their mentor

  • Access to physiotherapy 

There is a weekly sports injury clinic based on campus that students can access

  • Chiropractic Support

Chiropractic support is available a regular times throughout the week. This is based at on campus and is bookable online

  • Training and Nutrition Workshops

There are planned workshops throughout the year to support performance enhancement, injury prevention and recovery

  • Links to external clubs

The University is well equipped to support students in finding local clubs/teams to improve performance and overall student experience

Complimentary Students' Union membership covering training costs and insurance, allowing the individual to compete in BUCS competitions

Tier 3 - Development Athlete Scheme

You should be representing your county at senior level or be a member of a national league team. Sports must be recognised by Sport England. You will be committed to improving your performance and contributing to sport at Sussex.

  • Up to £250 per year in financial support: 

To support students in covering costs for tournament entry, training, travel, injury prevention, registration and essential equipment

Unlimited access to fitness rooms. Classes and court hire on agreement with programme co-ordinator

  • Branded clothing

Some training clothing will be supplied for the year

  • Car parking privileges

There are a number of car parking permits to park on campus allowed for those whose training/playing needs request this support

There are two supervised group training sessions with exclusive use of the strength and conditioning training room

  • Strength and conditioning training plans

Bespoke strength and conditioning programs are available for all on the scheme who require them

  • Fitness testing

There are two fitness testing sessions each year to support performance improvements

  • Mentoring

Each student is assigned a mentor for the year to support them on the scheme. Each student will meet two-three times a year with their mentor

  • Access to physiotherapy

There is a weekly sports injury clinic based on campus that students can access

  • Chiropractic Support

Chiropractic support is available a regular times throughout the week. This is based at on campus and is bookable online

  • Training and Nutrition Workshops

There are planned workshops throughout the year to support performance enhancement, injury prevention and recovery

  • Links to external clubs

The University is well equipped to support students in finding local clubs/teams to improve performance and overall student experience

Complimentary Students' Union membership covering training costs and insurance, allowing the individual to compete in BUCS competitions

The above criteria is used as a guide to help make decisions on choosing the University's Sports Scholars each year. The decision will be made after considering various contributing factors. Applications for the 2017/18 academic year are now open, click on the apply button below to find out more.

Sport Scholar Harry Beedell on the variety of sports on the scheme