Performance Sport


We recognise and reward sporting success providing individuals support to excel in their studies and sporting ambitions. 

We offer a series of scholarships, bursaries and performance programmes that are designed to give elite sport athletes the opportunity to fulfil their sporting potential. 

Whether you’re competing at a national or academy level in a recognised University BUCS Sport or competing in an Olympic Sport at major international competitions, we have a range of financial support and performance packages available. Eligible current and prospective students are invited to apply. Each award is available on an annual basis and valid for one year. 


Our High Performance Sport Programme

If you are an elite-level athlete or aspiring to compete at national or international level, we have the expertise and facilities to create an environment that will help you thrive.

Our High Performance Sport Programme has been designed to offer elite-students-athletes in football, rugby and netball a host of support services that aim to:

  • Enable students to continue to train and compete at the highest level while studying
  • Provide the best support and training environment for students
  • Increase the performance levels of athletes
  • Deliver an athlete-centre care service

Each high performance sport will have a dedicated team of high quality coaches and support staff who will work closely with the athletes to provide high quality support to allow athletes to achieve the highest possible standards.

Recognised Sports

We have a select group of sports (football, rugby and netball) that contribute to the High Performance Sport Programme at University of South Wales. 

  • Football (Men's and Women's)
  • Rugby (Men's and Women's)
  • Netball (Women's)



The Sports Bursary is a 'one off' grant of up to £500* to support students with their sport alongside their studies and is further complemented by University sport gift card (£100 FitZone card), conditioning programme and associated expenses relating to BUCS competitions up to £120. 

Many students in receipt of a bursary will use the financial aware to support costs associated with entering an international championship or to cover travel, training or entry expenses. Please note to be considered for a Sports Bursary, your chosen sport need to be classified as a Sports Council 'recognised' sport with an affiliated national governing body.

Whilst many award recipients represent the University in BUCS competitions, to ensure all students have an opportunity to apply for financial support it is not a condition to represent the University. There will be a number of recognised sports that the University does not currently compete in as part of the BUCS competitions.

*Please note: You will not be eligible for this bursary if you are already in receipt of a Sport Scholarship.

The process to apply for a financial support package depends on the award you wish to obtain and your category eligibility. Before you apply, we recommend reviewing the eligibility criteria for each award.

All applicants and current students are required to complete our online application form if they are seeking to obtain support, this applies to all sport scholarship, bursaries, awards, and performance sport programmes. 

Once you complete your application, you will receive an automatic notification by email. If you do not receive this notification, please contact [email protected] to confirm receipt. You will then receive confirmation of your eligibility, and subject to meeting the terms and conditions.

Final confirmation of receipt of award will be confirmed once assessments are undertaken and prior to start your course. Please note: Any award can only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your course.

  • Applications accepted: 2023-24 Academic Year
  • Performance Sport and Scholarship deadline: Friday 13 October 2023*

*Please note: The above deadline is only applicable to our sport scholarships and performance sport programme. Our Sport Bursary and Vice Chancellor's award can be applied for at any time throughout the year.

The Vice Chancellor’s Sport Award is financial award of upto £500 and is available for students whose sports are not currently within the BUCS programme, but are of exceptional standard in Olympic Sports.  These ‘one off’ awards are intended to support students of exceptional sports standard who are competing in major international competitions. Limited awards are available each year to the maximum value of £500.

The process to apply for a financial support package depends on the award you wish to obtain and your category eligibility. Before you apply, we recommend reviewing the eligibility criteria for each award.

All applicants and current students are required to complete our online application form if they are seeking to obtain support, this applies to all sport scholarship, bursaries, awards, and performance sport programmes. 

Once you complete your application, you will receive an automatic notification by email. If you do not receive this notification, please contact [email protected] to confirm receipt. You will then receive confirmation of your eligibility, and subject to meeting the terms and conditions.

Final confirmation of receipt of award will be confirmed once assessments are undertaken and prior to start your course. Please note: Any award can only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your course.

  • Applications accepted: 2023-24 Academic Year
  • Performance Sport and Scholarship deadline: Friday 13 October 2023*

*Please note: The above deadline is only applicable to our sport scholarships and performance sport programme. Our Sport Bursary and Vice Chancellor's award can be applied for at any time throughout the year.


Apply for a one-off sport award when you need it.

You can apply for our ‘one-off’ sport bursaries and Vice Chancellors award at any time throughout the year. 

Unlike our performance programme and sport scholarships, these one-off awards are designed to support you and your training needs when you need it most, for example in you're competing in a major international competition.