Leadership & Innovation Fund

If you are part of the Northumbria Sport Leadership Programme as a volunteer, intern or club committee you can apply for a leadership fund towards nationally recognised sport qualifications and development opportunities. 

Northumbria Sport clubs can now also apply for funding for innovative projects on and off campus, and virtually which aim to raise student engagement and participation, and contribute to increased members and sustainability of their student sport clubs.


  Who can apply?

  • Northumbria Sport appointed Intern or Volunteer
  • Northumbria Student Sport Club member

What can you apply for?

  • Qualifications
  • Accreditations
  • Club Innovation activities*
  • Conferences
  • Workshops, Seminars or Masterclasses
  • Continuous Professional Development opportunities (CPD)

*Club innovation activities must clearly demonstrate a purpose and rationale for driving student participation and sustainability* 


  Level of Funding:


BRONZE Leadership Bursary: up to £100

SILVER Leadership Busary: up to £200 

GOLD Leadership Busary: up to £300




Download the Leadership Bursary Application Form here.       

Before applying you must first register as a volunteer on our portal, click here.


We will consider each application on a case by case basis and funding support is subject to available budget.



Northumbria Sport in partnership with the careers service are here to help you achieve your ambitions and make the most of your experiences whilst studying.

Together we offer applied workshops, mentoring and support during your volunteer journey and help apply the skills you learn to make you more employable!

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Latest Opportunities

Check out our volunteering opportunities at upcoming events - including exciting BUCS events and charity challenges!

Click Here for our Latest Volunteer Opportunities


We are excited to introduce the ‘Northumbria Sport Student Recognition Award’, which will recognise students and student groups who have made significant contributions to Northumbria Sport since September 2020. 

As we know, sport is operating differently and the opportunities to engage in ‘normal’ organised activity has had to be adapted this year. We want to know how students have been contributing and working within the area they are involved in and shine a spotlight on the AMAZING things you have been doing! This can be a Club Committee member, a Student Sport Club or an Intern or Volunteer within the Leadership and Volunteer Programme! 


Nominations for the award will be assessed by VP Sport, Rory Kavanagh and the Northumbria Sport Student Sport Council. 


Each Student or Student Group that receives the Student Recognition Award will be rewarded with £100 credit to use towards either training and development opportunities or club activities, this may include equipment, kit, coaching, facility hire, etc.  


To nominate a Student or Student Group for a Student Recognition Award please complete each section below. 

Please note: 


Only ONE nomination per Student / Student Group will be considered 

Only ELECTRONIC nomination forms will be considered 

Only COMPLETED nomination forms will be considered  

Once a Student / Student Group has received a Student Recognition Award you cannot apply again 


Deadline: Sunday 13th December


To Nominate please download the application form by clicking here and submit to r.kavanagh@northumbria.ac.uk