How to write a personal statement for Sport

sport students apply

The main things we look for in a sports student is someone who is passionate about sport; committed and professional in their approach to working in sport, and has great interpersonal skills as sport is a people business.

What to include in a sport personal statement 

The experience you have in sport. This could be playing a range of sports, but more importantly, any experience of volunteering, coaching, leading or organising sport and fitness opportunities for others.

Talk about the course you are currently studying and provide details of any sport-related qualifications you hold, like an CYQ Level 3 in Activity Leadership.

Study the content of the sport course for which you are applying and tailor your statement accordingly. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the course and how your current studies, interests and activities/experience are relevant to this area of study, be it coaching, sport science or strength and conditioning.

Talk about the modules you are looking forward to studying and why.

Emphasise how the course will support your future career pathway. If you know where you want to be in five years’ time, say so.

Make sure your personality shines through. Sport is all about working with people, so it’s crucial that your team working, interpersonal skills, positive attitude and initiative come across.

Avoid talking too much about wanting to do a football/rugby degree because you play rugby or football or watch it on the TV.

Finally, don't use famous quotes from people you admire. We are interested in what you have to say - not your sporting heroes.

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