Talented Leicester athletes’ sports success recognised

Posted by ap507 at Oct 26, 2015 11:29 AM |
University of Leicester students awarded Sports Scholarships for 2015/16

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 October 2015

A record number of talented sports students at the University of Leicester has been awarded prestigious sports scholarships for 2015/2016, supporting athletes in karate, women’s lacrosse, wheelchair rugby and many more sports.

This year the Student Opportunities Fund has provided 27 Sports Scholarships to students demonstrating exceptional sporting ability, a scheme that would not be possible without the generous philanthropic support given by Leicester graduates

Due to the high calibre of athletes that have applied to the programme, this year will see the largest number of scholarships awarded - an indicator demonstrating not only the importance of the programme to students, but also the growing contribution that alumni make to student life.

The Sports Scholarship Programme is designed to support talented sports men and women to continue to excel in their chosen sport whilst studying at the University of Leicester.

The scholarships offer support in Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning and Nutrition, alongside a mentoring system to ensure students are maintaining a good balance of high level athletic and academic performance.

Steve O’Connor, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Leicester, said: “More and more Leicester Alumni have chosen to support the Sports Scholarship Programme through their generous donations to the Student Opportunities Fund, providing much needed annual grants to support Sports Scholars.

“In some small way our graduates can feel they have had an important part to play in the remarkable successes achieved by our Sports Scholars. Their success will also undoubtedly encourage even more Leicester graduates to show their philanthropic support for the next generation of Sports Scholars studying at the University today.”

Matthew Weir, Associate Director of Sport Development and Engagement said “The Sports Scholarship Programme has grown substantially this year. Something which would not have been possible without the generous support of Leicester Alumni giving back to the University. It is extremely important to ensure we offer talented students here at the University the support and development they need to excel in their sport, whilst balancing their academic studies.

“We have some very talented athletes, some of which are competing on National and International platforms, making this year a very exciting one for Team Leicester that I am really looking forward to.”

The Sports Scholarship Programme will work with sports men and women across a range of sports, in which many are representing regions as well as nations.

Adam Clayton who is a Gold Scholar on the programme this year said: “I am grateful for the opportunities given to me by my scholarship. It should help me develop and progress my fitness and my skiing ability and consistency. I am looking forward to seeing how I have changed over the year and I can’t wait to represent University of Leicester, and hopefully push on to represent my country.”

This year the following athletes have been awarded with scholarships: 

Gold Scholars

Ryan Hunt (Kayak)

Lizzie Sutton (Netball)

Anisha Mistry (Karate)

Lucy Ford (Women’s Lacrosse)

Lucy Hatton (Athletics)

Ofure Ugiagbe (Women’s Rugby Union)

Nicholas Cummins (Wheelchair Rugby)

Ben Dubben (Waterpolo)

Eve Burns-Thomas (Waterpolo)

Adam Clayton (Skiing)

Andes Ling To Yu (Squash)

Silver Scholars

Sam Henley (Squash)

Cara Wells (Women’s Rugby Union)

Josh Finch (Men’s Rugby Union)

Lottie Boreham (Ladies Hockey)

Peter Frazer (Volleyball)

Matthew Clewett (Table Tennis)

Lewis Johnson (Basketball)

Doug Heseltine (Rugby League)

Alexandra Van Randwick (Equestrian)

Anca Soare (Volleyball)

Frederick Kindmark Larsson (Lacrosse)

John Griffin (Men’s Football)

Giles Saar (Rugby Union)

Matthew Duggan (Fencing)

Sarah Brook (Hockey)

John Amadi (Rugby Union)


Notes to Editors:

For more information on the Sports Scholarship Programme or on any of the athletes please contact Liz Jennings on EMJ9@le.ac.uk.


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