Mix of studies and sport lies ahead for Chichester university group

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A group of athletes studying at the University of Chichester have been awarded scholarships to help combine their academic studies with their sporting careers.

A cross-section of sports are represented in this year’s scholarship scheme, and includes athletes targeting places in Team GB for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

As well as receiving financial support, the athletes will receive a full strength and conditional programme from the University’s sport and exercise department, which already has a track record of providing expertise to Olympic medalists such as sailor Ben Ainslie and boxer Amir Khan.

The athletes will also receive physiotherapy support in the event of any injuries, and free membership to the University gym at its Bishop Otter Campus.

The full list of athletes and their sports are Will Golder (bobsleigh), Joe Viner (golf), Bud Johnston (basketball), Mel Curson (netball), Lloyd Ellett (boxing), Amy Seabright (sailing), Sophie Bailey (windsurfing), Cally Beaumont (football), Rebecca Thompson-Agbro (football), Charley Boswell (football), Sarah Kempson (football), Jack Sharp (rugby), Ruby Rennison (frisbee), Jacquelyn Jobey (basketball/netball) and Nuala Page (rhythmic gymnastics)

Paul Wallis, active sports manager at the University of Chichester, said: “By providing a comprehensive level of support to our sports scholars, it allows them to undertake their academic studies while continuing to aim for national and international success in their chosen sport.

“Some of our scholars are hoping to feature in the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Winter Games in Russia, and we want to give them the best opportunity to reach their full potential both in the sporting arena and academically.”

Sid Fletcher, University of Chichester Students’ Union’s sports development manager, added: “We have a number of successful teams competing in the British Universities leagues, and our men’s basketball team is part of the National Basketball League set-up.

“This scholarship scheme is an extension of the sports support we offer at the University, aimed towards individuals who require specialist support or training.

“This can involve travelling hundreds of miles a week to their training headquarters, and the funds given through the scholarship can help with the cost of this.”