Focus Sports Scholarships

Northumbria University have six focus sports and we are committed to providing a performance hub environment with an athlete-centred approach within these sports. Northumbria are ranked highly within BUCS in these sports and have a strong local and national profile. These sports receive significant investment in coaching, scholarships and professional support to ensure we are a leading institution within these sports with the ambition to be number one in the UK.

Northumbria Sports focus sports include Aquatics (Para swimming and water polo), Basketball (men and women), Football (men and women), Rugby League (men), Rugby Union (men and women) and Volleyball (men and women).

Successful applications for one of our focus sport scholarships will be given access to a performance sport environment and holistic support service programme that are tailored to the needs of each sport. Our focus sport scholarships include the following:

  • Financial support up to £8,000
  • Specialist strength & conditioning coaching and facilities
  • Performance analysis support
  • Physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation support
  • Unlimited access to Sport Central fitness facilities including pool access
  • Anti-doping workshops and support
  • Performance lifestyle support
  • Group and one-to-one sport psychology support
  • Group and one-to-one nutritional advice
  • Employability support
  • Dual career and academic flexibility support

Criteria for Consideration

To be eligible for focus sport scholarship you must have demonstrate you have competed at a high level within your sport (as detailed below), as well as evidence future potential to perform within the University team. Please note that the criteria does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship award and means your application will be considered.

Aquatics (para-swimming):

  • Represented Great Britain para swimming team at junior or senior level
  • Part of a podium or podium potential national programme
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Aquatics (water polo):

  • Represented internationally at senior or junior age groups
  • US NCAA college graduate
  • Inclusion in a British National League team within the last 2 years
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Basketball players with experience within the below:

  • Represented internationally at senior or junior age groups
  • Players from AASE Academies
  • WEABL and EABL players
  • US NCAA college graduate
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Football players with experience within the below:

  • Played for a professional club or academy within the last 2 years
  • Played for a semi-professional club football at FA pyramid level 5 and above
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Rugby League players with experience within the below:

  • Played Super League, Championship or League 1 at Senior
  • Represented their country at academy level
  • Part of a professional academy
  • Part of the new ACE programme
  • Played Regional/National
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Rugby Union (men) players with experience within the below:

  • Represented internationally Senior, Student, U20 or U18 academics level
  • Played within the Championship/Premiership within the last 2 years
  • Represented Internationally at U20 (county) or U18 (aer), premiership 'a' league, National 1
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Rugby Union (women) players with experience within the below:

  • Represented internationally Senior, Student, U20 level
  • Played within women’s Premiership Club
  • England U18s Player
  • Women’s Premiership Centre of Excellence Player
  • AASE / ACE Scheme Player
  • Current women’s senior or U18 County Player

Volleyball players with experience within the below:

  • International representation at Senior or Junior level
  • Inclusion in European National Club League tier 1 or 2
  • Inclusion in a Super 10's squad within the last 2 years
  • US NCAA college graduate Division 1, 2 or 3
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Scholarship Terms and Conditions