DMU students awarded prestigious sports scholarship

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has awarded 15 students with a prestigious sports scholarship worth up to £6,000 for the 2021/22 academic year.   

Scholarships have been awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate students, that are competing at a high representative level, including Sports Management MSC student and professional short track speed skater Farrell Treacy, who is currently training for a spot on Team GB for the 2022 Winter Olympics. 

Chuks Osammor, one of the new cohort of DMU Sports Scholars 

DMU is dedicated to providing students with unique, high-quality training and programmes to support each individual’s needs. All DMU Sports Scholars are encouraged to excel and reach their full potential in their sport and their academic study. 

Through this scheme, scholars have access to a tailored strength and conditioning programme, educational workshops, nutrition and psychology support, performance lifestyle and a gold membership at the QEII Leisure Centre. 

Each scholar receives up to £6,000 of financial support, including a cash bursary of up to £4,000 and up to £2,000 value in kind funding that can be used for sport-specific costs. 

Emma O'Flaherty, Sport Development Officer for DMUsport, said: “We’re really pleased to announce the DMU Sport Scholars for 2021/22.  
“The DMU Sport Scholarship programme is currently in its sixth year and we’re continually impressed by the talent we have at the university. This year is no different and we’re very excited to support an eclectic group of scholars balance their studies and excel in their sport.”

The 15 sports scholars are: 

American Football 

Josh Seybert, Energy and Sustainable Building Design MSc 


Chuks Osammor (Discus ), Accounting and Finance 

Liisa-Maria Truupold (Long Jump), Marketing 


Gabe Lazarre, Global MBA 

Nygilia McClain, Institute of Creative Technologies PhD 


Miriam Jessett, Product Design 


Harry Palmer, Design Innovation Ma/Msc 

Football and Futsal

Annie Taylor, Biomedical Science PhD 

Sam Nalletamby (Futsal), Media Production 


Gunther Mur Hartmann, International Relations with Politics 

Short track speed skating  

Farrell Treacy, Business Management in Sport MSc 


Barclay Izzard, Motorsport Engineering 

Elizabeth Stewart, Psychology with Criminology 


Jessica Roj, Business and Management 

Kostas Siskou, Accounting and Finance 

Third-year Product Design student Miriam Jessett, said: “The DMU Sports Scholarship programme has helped me to continue pursuing my sporting and academic goals simultaneously.  

The support they offer is invaluable, especially the strength and conditioning coaching from Russ. He has helped me to stay injury free during the competition season and become stronger off the bike.

The workshops have offered me a new perspective on what it is to be a student athlete and how to be the best that I can be.” 

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Barclay Izzard competing in a triathlon

Barclay Izzard, who is currently training for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, said: “I am really pleased and grateful to have received a scholarship for this coming triathlon season. It will enable me to travel to a wide variety of countries for races, in order to get crucial points going forward to the 2024 Olympic Games. 

“With the Commonwealth Games being a focus in 2022, it will help get me the best equipment and resources to be in the best shape possible for the season.” 

For more information on DMU’s Sports Scholarships, visit our website or get in touch with DMUsport.  

Posted on Monday 15th November 2021

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