Skip to main content

Championing our sports stars

“Being able to compete at the Olympics was the greatest feeling” Joe Choong, Ivor Powell Scholar and GB Pentathlete

Sports scholarships enable our talented athletes to train and compete alongside their studies so they can achieve great things. We were the first UK university to introduce sports scholarships in the mid-1970s and today 42 student athletes are benefitting from your remarkable support, including 15 awarded during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Our scholarships have supported spectacular athletes across a huge range of disciplines, from Olympic medallists to Premiership Rugby players. Swimmer and Mechanical Engineering student Tom Dean is supported by a Bill Whiteley Scholarship and is training towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The financial aid takes huge pressure off my family and me, and without it the cost of studying and training would have made this year much more challenging,” he says. “This means I am able to focus on my work both in and out of the pool. Thank you once again for your help.”

The cost to compete


Competition travel, entry fees and accommodation can set students back hundreds or even thousands of pounds. That’s why the Elite Athlete Fund, supported by alumni donations, offers students the chance to apply for additional funding for international competitions. Many of our athletes would be unable to compete without this support.

Santander Scholar Laura Macro was one of the beneficiaries in 2019, when she competed at the European Universities Rowing Championships and brought home a gold medal.

Laura Macro holding a gold medal

A sporting legacy


Alumnus and Football Blue Jeff Trendell (BSc Economics & Administration 1970) died in 2009, leaving £25,000 to the University in his Will. The Jeff Trendell Sports Scholarships were established thanks to Jeff’s legacy and have been continued by the generosity of the Trendell family.

The scholars have achieved sporting success both during their time at Bath and after they have graduated, such as three-times British judo champion Jan Gosiewski.

Jan Gosiewski headshot

Help to support the next generation of elite athletes

Make a donation today