Talented athletes can apply now for a DMU sports scholarship

Are you a talented sporting athlete wanting to develop your sports performance whilst gaining a recognised degree qualification? Then the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship Scheme at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) could just be the thing for you.

As part of DMU’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional sports provision for its students, exclusive sports packages are now available for application, aimed at supporting students financially to become a DMU champion of sport.

Sports Scholarships

Rugby Scholar Henry Clement (above) powers towards the tryline in this years Varsity fixture v The University of Leicester at Leicester Tigers Welford Road Stadium.

Apply for the scholarship now!

The scheme, aimed at Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Home, EU and Overseas students applying for a 17/18 academic year start is available across a wide range of courses and disciplines.

The first deadline to apply for the scheme is on Friday 4 August 2017.

Competing in British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) and Varsity competitions, successful students will benefit from bespoke sports packages depending on their chosen sport and previous success.

There are four tiers of scholarship available with each dedicated package providing students with up to £6,000 of support; including up to a maximum of £4,000 cash bursary and £2,000 towards sport-specific support, such as; physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and private medical insurance.

Fiona Dick, Head of Sport at DMU said: “The scheme provides a perfect opportunity for talented sportsmen and women to develop their skills and contribute to our success whilst studying at a gold award winning teaching excellence institution.

“Our VC Sports Scholars are helping to lead a change in the sporting success for DMU that we want to continue to build on in our sports offer, further enhancing the student experience through sport for students coming to DMU in the years to come.”


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In 2016, in line with the new commitment to improving sport at the university, DMU created its first programme to support talented athletes reach their full potential.

Nine athletes were enrolled on the programme last year, contributing significantly to the development of their sport achieving both personal and team success.

Not only that, but #TeamDMU secured their highest ever BUCS points total and position as well as being part of the closest Varsity series the university has seen.

Notable scholar success has included; Edward Grosvenor, David Nurse and Henry Clement helping Men’s Rugby win the BUCS Conference Plate competition, with the latter also being selected for the Nottingham Rugby Academy.


Athletics Scholar, Niamh Bailey (second from left) competing for Great Britain.

Another scholar Charlotte Fish, a first year Media Production BSc (Hons) student said: “The scholarship at DMU has helped me financially carry on playing the sport I love whilst at university,  and continue to compete outside of the university too.

“I’ve improved immeasurably in terms of fitness during the year whilst working with the Strength and Conditioning team and I have reached a new level in terms of playing ability through the access to facilities and an amazing coach.”

Thomas Judd, a former scholar in America and tennis player joined DMU’s Business Management in Sports MSc in September 2016. He said: “The scholarship has given me a chance to bring my playing standard forward through the chance to have one on ones with a valuable coach.”

Finally, Niamh Bailey who studies Bespoke Footwear Biomechanics MA and an athletics scholar said: “The scholarship has helped me this year in several ways through financial support of funding my warm weather training camp in Portugal, equipment purchasing of a javelin and treatment to help me get back on track after injury.

“As an athlete who trains away, DMU funding for transport has enabled me to continue to train alongside my studies.”

Matt hockey (2)

Hockey scholar, Matt Lilley (above) competed in a selected English Universities side this year.

For September 2017 intake you have until Friday 4 August, to submit your application and applicants will be informed of the outcome by Tuesday 15 August.

Posted on Wednesday 26th July 2017

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