Some see sporty students. We see future Olympians.
Combining a degree with intensive sports training is hard work. And it can be expensive too. A sports scholarship from the University of Bath can help to take the worry away.
Our scholarships not only help bright, talented sportsmen and women to reach their academic and sporting potential, the encouragement our donors give them really sees them excel.
“The support I receive helps ease the financial pressures and provides me with the confidence to commit to studies and my sport”
Eilidh Prise, Modern Pentathlon and Mathematics
Eilidh recently won gold in the Women’s Relay at the Union International de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) Junior World Championships. She is being supported by alumnus Bill Whiteley to study Mathematics whilst training for future medal success.
“Studying for a BSc (Hons) Mathematics is a demanding task, and my Modern Pentathlon training requires significant time – sometimes up to 24hrs a week! The support I receive helps ease the financial pressures and provides me with the confidence to commit to studies and my sport.
I learnt a lot in my first year at Bath – juggling training for five sports with a Mathematics degree has been challenging but very rewarding. Above all, I have learnt to take each day as it comes and be happy.
“My objectives are to gain a first class honours degree and to progress from a Junior to a Senior athlete, and ultimately make the Olympic selection and compete at Tokyo 2020. My scholarship has given me the best possible chance of doing this. Thank you.”
“I would like to express my gratitude for the generous scholarship you have provided me with to continue pursuing a successful sports career while studying at University.”
Tom Edwards – Fencer and Sport & Exercise Science
Tom is the Commonwealth bronze and silver gold medallist and competes for Great Britain and Wales internationally. He is a Santander Sports Scholar studying Sport and Exercise Science whilst training and competing as a fencer.
“I am an international fencer for Great Britain and Wales. I have competed around much of Europe for the past six years. This season I became the Men’s Epeé British Champion and backed this title up by winning the Welsh National Championships as well.
The course I am completing at the moment is certainly demanding, but greatly enjoy it because it teaches me how to apply various aspects of science to sport, which I hope will have a positive effect on my fencing.
I hope to leave University with a first class honours in my integrated Masters of Sport and Exercise Science, as well as continue competing at the highest level.
I would like to express my gratitude for the generous scholarship you have provided me with to continue pursuing a successful sports career while studying at University.”
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”
Jan Gosiewski – Judo and PhD in Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Born in England and brought up in Poland, Jan Gosiewski is a member of the Great Britain Judo Squad and is aiming to win medals in the 2016 Olympics. Jan’s PhD is supported by the Dyson Foundation, and he receives a scholarship from the Trendell family in recognition of his sporting achievements.
“It is possible to have a career in both areas, which I have proved through my competition results and by already presenting some of my research at conferences. In fact there is a strong overlap of skills as both my PhD and training require hard work and discipline. After all, healthy body, healthy mind. It’s important to be doing it for the right reasons, to enjoy the journey, not just the end result, and to make time for a social life. The school of thought that training for judo full-time means only doing judo is very backward, and is damaging for the athlete. It is important to keep your education going, as it not only gives you a more rounded personality, but it provides you with a secure future after you have finished competing.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
It’s not just scholarships that can help
Sometimes the smallest support can make the biggest difference. That’s why our Alumni Fund makes awards to some of our sporting enthusiasts to enable them to pursue their dreams.
“I walked in never having played rugby and leave with international honours”
Gavin Grant – Rugby and Mechanical Engineering
Gavin Grant was spotted playing rugby at the end of his first year and before long was playing nationally and internationally, including captaining Scotland in the student four nations. Your donations made the difference, enabling him to attend competitions as far spread as Wales, Ireland and South Africa