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Sports scholarship supports students, athletes, coaches and match officials

Three Sports Scholarship students

The University of Wolverhampton is supporting 29 talented student-athletes, coaches, and match officials across 11 different sports through its WLV Sport Scholarship Programme.  

For the forthcoming academic year, the University is supporting 21 new sport scholars, most of whom join us in their first year of their Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree, and welcome back 8 returning scholars, who have met the requirements for another year on the scholarship programme. 

Across the three Athlete Scholarship Programmes (Gold, Silver & Bronze) there are students representing their countries in international competitions, many winning national championships and competing in national leagues.  

Sports scholarship student holding a football

Oluwatosin Alatise Osiemhnen, studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Therapy and a Futsal champion, said: “Being part of the Sport Scholarship programme has helped me with fund benefits, cultural and informative online gatherings, physiotherapy sessions with a dedicated physiotherapist and access to the gym facilities. The programme motivates and inspires me every day to improve myself with regards to my career education and sport and I’m pleased to be a role model for the University and for the students.” 

Sports scholarship student in judo pose

Shelley Ludford, studying for a degree in Midwifery and taking part in Judo competitions, said: “The Scholarship has really helped me to travel across Europe for training and has supported me with my return back onto the mat after surgery. Having support from the physio has really supported me through this difficult time, allowing me to recover quickly.” 

Sports scholarship student holiday a basketball

Ben Andrew, studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and taking part in Basketball competitions, said: “The WLV Sport Scholarship has fuelled my athletic aspirations while at the same time focusing on ensuring academic success. Through extra support with my training, I have more time to focus on success towards my degree.” 

Natalie Gould, Sport and Physical Activity Manager and Scholarship Lead at the University, said: “WLV Sport is incredibly proud to support the journey of our student athletes and we aim to provide them with a toolkit to achieve success in their academic study and their sport. Through the performance services and facilities on campus the students develop a balance between the different demands and gain an understanding as to what works best for them in order to achieve their goals.”  

The University of Wolverhampton Sport Scholarship Programme offers performance packages for elite athletes, aspiring coaches, and match officials. 

WLV Sport award a number of scholarships to individual student-athletes who demonstrate aspirations to compete to the highest level within their sport. Our three Scholarship packages provide the student athletes with a dedicated performance team who work holistically to provide them with a well-rounded performance services programme. Our scholarships ensure all successful applicants are able to compete at the highest level, whilst studying for a degree. 

WLV Sport Scholarship Support Services 

  • Financial award - Gold £1250, Silver £750, Level 2 Coaching & Officiating £250 
  • WLV Gym Membership 
  • BUCS Membership 
  • Strength & Conditioning 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Sport Psychology 
  • Performance Lifestyle Support 
  • Workshops 
  • Teamwear Kit 


WLV Sport Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis and to be eligible, applicants must be competing, coaching, or officiating in a sport included in either the British University and Colleges Sport, Olympics, Paralympics, or Commonwealth programme. 

  • Compete at a regional, national, or international standard in your sport (Athlete Scholarship) 
  • Hold an NGB Level 1 coaching or officiating qualification or equivalent in your chosen sport (Level 1 Coaching & Officiating scholarship) 
  • Hold an NGB Level 2 coaching or officiating qualification or equivalent in your chosen sport (Level 2 Coaching & Officiating scholarship) 
  • Be enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at University of Wolverhampton 

The Scholarship Scheme is reviewed annually although the Panel reserves the right to make changes and / or amendments at any time. The Panel also reserves the right to withdraw a Scholarship offer at any time. 

Anyone interested in studying for courses in the School of Sport at the University of Wolverhampton should register for one of our forthcoming Open Days. 


For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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