Impact stories

Sporting excellence

Donations provide sports scholars with first class coaching, sports science and sports medicine support as well as access to the extensive indoor and outdoor training and competition facilities – giving them access to the fully immersive environment at Loughborough.

The scholarships also offer vital support with equipment and travel to competitions in order to enhance their development.

Josh is studying a degree in Sports Science with Management

When I first read that I had received the Scholarship I could not believe it. I felt incredibly honoured to be selected and recognised as a talented player.

I applied for a scholarship because I knew it would support my ambition to gain a professional contract in a Championship or Premiership Club. Before coming to Loughborough I played for the Saracens. Being released was a blow to my ambitions but the door is never shut and I know if I play well for Loughborough I’ll have another chance in professional rugby.

The scholarship has enabled me to continue my performance on the pitch whilst gaining a prestigious degree. It has relieved the financial burden of being a student athlete by helping me to balance my finances meaning that I can focus more time on my studies and sport.

Thank you for providing a platform for my greatest chance of success with my rugby career.”

Josh is one of our current sports scholars and is a high-ranking para-athlete, who recently competed in the Commonwealth Games. He always knew he was different when he was growing up until he was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Sport helped bring purpose to his life rather than focussing on his disability.

When he came to Loughborough, he became heavily involved in athletics at the University and his scholarship enables him to make the most of his training; such as travel to competitions, physiotherapy care, equipment and many more expenses that come with competing at a high level. Josh recently ranked 5th for Shot-put representing England at the Commonwealth Games 2018.