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Sporting excellence with the University of Plymouth

At the University of Plymouth, we recognise that sporting excellence has the power to inspire and have a proven track record of helping our students realise their sporting and academic ambitions.

So whether you’re a sailor or swimmer, are into rugby or rowing, or indeed any other sport, if you have the aspiration we can help you achieve your goals.

Commonwealth Games beckons for University swimmers

Student athletes representing three countries will go for glory when the Games begin on 4 April. Four top swimmers are heading to Australia’s Gold Coast to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Jessica Jackson and Laura Stephens have been selected for Team England, while Denilson Da Costa will swim for Mozambique, and Issa Mohamed for Kenya.

Sporting Excellence Scholarships

As a University of Plymouth student training and competing at national level or higher in your sport, you may be eligible for up to £2,000 to support your sporting development.

Applications must be submitted by 1 May to be considered for the following academic year.

Read more about scholarships

Alumni Sporting Excellence Scholars

Students that have graduated from the University of Plymouth never forget their time as a student, from the people they met to the activities they participated in. 

A large number of University of Plymouth alumni were sporting excellence scholars during their time at university, passionate about their sports and grateful for the help they got during their studies. 

Find out more about them, the sports they took part in and the course they studied.

View our alumni

Previous Sporting Excellence Scholars

As current students, they study a variety of courses and know exactly what it takes to be part of the sporting excellence scholarship scheme. 

Our previous sporting excellence scholars cover a range of disciplines from underwater hockey to squash, and although they are no longer scholars they continue their academic studies with the university. 

Find out what sports our previous sporting excellence scholars took part in.  

Our previous sporting excellence scholars

What's your training schedule?

University of Plymouth Sporting Excellence scholars take part in challenging training regimes.

The University of Plymouth's sports partnerships

We work closely with our partner organisations to support the University of Plymouth's Sporting Excellence scholars.

Jonathan Rhodes – Sport psychologist

Jonathan Rhodes is a chartered psychologist who, alongside studying for his PhD at the University of Plymouth, works closely with our sporting partnerships and Sporting Excellence Scholars. 

Giving regular 1-2-1 and group psychology sessions to athletes within our Sporting Partnerships and our Sporting Excellence Scholars has allowed individuals to reach their goals as elite athletes.

Jonathan has also used his knowledge of sport psychology to help Sarah Piercy to break a world record with the Project Nevada.

Read more about Jonathan 

Sporting Excellence scholarships

What does the scholarship mean to you?

Learn how University of Plymouth's Sporting Excellence scholarships support and enable our students to compete at a national and international level.