Sports Scholarships

The 22/23 Sports Scholarship application period has now ended. If you have any questions relating to an application or require more information on our sports scholarships, please contact us by email at

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Lacrosse at Varsity

Gold and silver scholarships

We have been supporting students to reach their potential through the scheme since 2002. Famous alumni that have benefitted from the scheme include Lucy Bronze, Alistair Brownlee, Alex Yee, Emily Scarratt, Vicky Fleetwood, Laura Weightman and Tom Bosworth.

Each year we award a number of Sports Scholarships to high performing athletes who are committed to upholding the values of the university, represent us in BUCS events and who demonstrate the ability to progress and achieve high levels of success within their chosen sport.

The type of support available is detailed below and is determined by level of scholarship award.

  1. Financial support towards fees or as an honorarium.
  2. Sports Membership for 2022/2023 academic year that provides free access to facilities and fitness classes.
  3. AU Sport Club Membership for 2022/2023 academic year (for your sport). This enables you to train with the team and compete for the University.
  4. Strength and Conditioning support in a dedicated performance gym.
  5. Physiotherapy support (Limited support available with an offsite provider.)
  6. Workshops covering Performance Lifestyle, Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Anti-doping.

There are two distinctive levels of scholarship support: Gold and Silver.

The indoor running track in Carnegie School of Sport building on Headingley Campus
Image of sport students walking

Gold Elite Sports Scholarship Award

This award is for student athletes who are competing at a very high level in individual or team sports. This would mean attendance at major Senior Championships such as Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games. Or be a top ranked age group athlete. In team sports a player would need to be a in a Senior or age group National team that competes in an International Tournament.

N.B. We are well aware that athletes and team players who compete at an International level already have excellent support from their clubs, sponsors and national governing bodies, therefore we will endeavour to put together a bespoke scholarship package that is best suited to their needs rather than providing access to a service or services that are not needed.

As a TASS Dual Career Accredited University we will give Dual Career support to our Gold Award sports scholars to help them balance sporting and academic commitments.

Financial contributions would be up to the value of £3000.

Tom Bosworth

Athletic Union Silver Award

These awards are for students who compete at a high level in their chosen sport.

These awards could include support in all the areas mentioned above and a cash honorarium of £750.

Selection guideline criteria

Minimum performance level guidelines for consideration for Leeds Beckett Athletic Union (Silver) Award are detailed below for our target sports (in bold). For students competing in the other sports they should be competing at a high level or have a recommendation from our Coaching staff or AU staff to be considered for support.

  • American Football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics (Artistic)
  • Hockey
  • Ju Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse
  • Modern Biathlon / Pentathlon
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Pool
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Sailing
  • Snooker
  • Snowsports
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Windsurfing

N.B. In some individual sports and most team sports the final scholarship decisions will be made following the trials which usually take place in September / October at the start of the academic year. Trials details (dates, times and venues) will be available from the AU office in early September 2022.

If you meet the selection criteria for your sport and want to be a Leeds Beckett Sports Scholar in 2022/2023 please submit an online application form. If you have any questions or queries please contact Mick Hill on

  1. American Football

    • GB adult programme member
    • Extensive experience and high performance levels in European leagues
    • Extensive experience and high performance levels in North American leagues/divisions
  2. Athletics

    • Age group Internationals (achieving qualification standards for major age group championships)
  3. Football

    • Men - Be a regular contributor to a 1st team squad in step 3 of non league or above.
    • Women - Be a regular contributor to a 1st team squad in tier 3 or above, or part of a WSL/championship academy.
  4. Futsal

    • Senior or age group international
  5. Hockey

    • Play in Investec Premier Division (W) or English Premier Division (M)
    • GB International
    • Home Nation International
    • U18 or above International honours
  6. Netball

    • Home Nation Senior / Age Group International.
    • Super League squad player.
  7. Rugby League (M)

    • Championship 1 or 2 player.
    • England / GB Age Group International.
  8. Rugby Union

    • Men - Contact Colin Stephens or Kerry Wood for details.
    • Women - Senior county level and above after consultation with Colin Stephens and Kerry Wood.
  9. Squash

    • Men - Top 450 world ranking.
    • Women - Top 150 world ranking.
    • All -
      • Junior Worlds individuals last 16 or better.
      • British Junior Open U19 Quarter Finals or better.
      • Junior European Championships quarter finalist.
      • Part of the England Squash EDP programme.
  10. Tennis

    • Has or has had ATP / WTA world ranking points or reached the last round of qualifying draw or competed at several of these events.
    • Made a Minimum of 3 main draw appearances in British Tour Events reaching the quarter finals or better.
    • Have a Junior ITF ranking of 500 or less.
  11. Triathlon

    • Standard: Proven record of winning individual BUCS medals in either Duathlon, Sprint Triathlon and/or Olympic distance triathlon in the previous 2 years.
    • Alternatively having placed in top 10 at World U-23 championships or Top 5 at European U-23 championships.
The indoor running track in Carnegie School of Sport building on Headingley Campus

Important Information

We have a limited number of Scholarships to award in 2022/2023 and therefore in addition to requiring you to meet the above criteria we will give priority to students who can demonstrate that they will make a significant contribution in their respective sport.

Meeting the criteria does not equate to entitlement to a scholarship.

World Student Games representation or equivalent

Where a Leeds Beckett Student is selected to represent British Universities in the World Student Games or an International tournament and are required to make a financial contribution then we will give them an award of up to £500.

N.B. The full £500 will only be awarded when the contribution is equal to or more than £500.

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