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University of Gloucestershire offers sports scholarship packages for elite performers, aspiring coaches and match officials. We’ll help you to excel, both in sport and in your academic career.

Applications for September 2024 are now open

Email if you have any questions.

Scholarships across three disciplines

If you are aspiring to reach the highest levels in your sport, we can help you get there. The University runs scholarship programmes to help talented athletes, officials and coaches achieve their goals across a wide range of sports.

We can help you maximise your potential as a dual-career scholar – as successful in your studies as you are in your sport. Sports Scholars also have the freedom to choose to study any degree programme across any of our campuses.

Performance pathways

University of Gloucestershire offers sports scholarships to elite performers in a range of sports. Scholarships are most likely to be awarded to performers in sports on the Olympic pathway, as well as those which are available in the British Universities and Collages Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions. Sports scholars will be expected to represent UoG at BUCS competitions.*

*There may be some exception to this by prior approval.

We also have a performance pathway for aspiring talented players in our performance sports: women’s football, men’s basketball, women’s netball and men’s rugby league. Click the links below to find out more about each of these performance pathways and enquire about trials.

What you’ll get

Sports scholars and those athletes in a first team in one of our performance sports can expect to receive:

ServicesSports scholarsPerformance sports athletes
Sports therapy
Access to workshops including:
– Nutrition
– Anti-doping advice
– Sports psychology
Sports scholars kit
Performance sports playing kit
Cash bursary £300-£3,000Possible via applicationPossible via application
Multigym membership
Memberships of SU sports club
BUCS memberships and entries paid for
Performance lifestyle support
Coaching and officiating mentoring (officiating and coaching scholars only)

To find out more information about applying for a sports scholarship or trialling for one of our performance teams, please email

Hear from our Sport Scholars

Watch sport scholar stories

We are a TASS Delivery Site (Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), with accredited practitioners in place to help support TASS athletes in their dual career. As such, the University is an officially recognised place for developing talent.

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) logo
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) logo

We also hold TASS Dual Career Accreditation, which recognises an education institution’s commitment to support talented athletes who are in full time education. The scheme acknowledges an enhanced level of academic flexibility and understanding within an institution, allowing talented athletes to balance their studies with a hectic sporting schedule.

What does the university expect from scholars?

Sports scholars will be expected to represent University of Gloucestershire in BUCS-level competition and be exemplary students, demonstrating high levels of attendance and academic engagement. Regular reviews will take place to monitor this. A sports scholarship agreement will need to be signed and our terms and conditions agreed to before the scholarship commences.

Female student holding hockey stick

Entry requirements and terms

Scholars must be enrolled on a degree course at University of Gloucestershire. This can be full or part time on any undergraduate or postgraduate programme. Scholars will be selected from the highest level applicants each year – the minimum standard is usually around regional level, although this varies by sport.

Get in touch

To find out more about elite athlete scholarships, have a chat a about your options, or to request an application form, please get in touch at