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Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships


For those of you who excel at sports there are sports scholarships available. Each year we offer a range of sports scholarships to students with varying levels of ability from regional players to Olympic hopefuls. These scholarships provide levels of financial support up to £2,000 as well as a full support package.

Please note your sport must be recognised by Sport England in order to be eligible for a sports scholarship.

Academic flexibility support

1-2-1 strength and conditioning support

Free fitness membership

Priority accommodation application support

Free physiotherapy allocation

Free athlete lifestyle workshops

Campus parking permit

Exclusive sports scholar kit

Academic flexibility support

1-2-1 strength and conditioning support

Free fitness membership

Priority accommodation application support

Free physiotherapy allocation

Free athlete lifestyle workshops

Campus parking permit

Exclusive sports scholar kit

Academic flexibility support

Small group strength and conditioning support

Free athlete lifestyle workshops

Campus parking permit

Exclusive sports scholar kit

Small group strength and conditioning support

Academics considerations support

Free athlete lifestyle workshops

Discounted physiotherapy sessions


Fulfil academic requirements and ensure all degree deadlines are met

Represent Royal Holloway in the BUCS programme (league or individual) where applicable

Represent themselves and/or their club at a regional, national or international level

Engage with Strength and Conditioning coaching where applicable

Provide publication material of achievements

Applications for the 2021/2022 academic year have now closed.

If you have any questions regarding Sports Scholarships please contact:

Please note that all decisions are made at the discretion of the Sports Scholarship Panel and that fulfilment of eligibility criteria does not automatically qualify candidates for a place on the programme.


Sports scholars

Name: Vwaire Obukohwo                      Sport: Rowing

Vwaire is an Economics student who won the U23 Indoor Rowing Championships and also represented Great Britain at the World Urban Games 2019.

"The Royal Holloway Sports scholarship has helped me in so many ways. The atmosphere is so supportive and encouraging and there are so many opportunities offered that allow me to better my athletic careers as well as my academic and personal wellbeing.

The sports psychology support has been absolutely fantastic, through the guidance I was able to get into a comfortable routine around training and make that step from living at home to being independent. I have also received amazing support for strength and conditioning, which has helped me vastly improve my performance. The hands-on approach to training has given me much more confidence to excel and up my standards.

With the sports massages and physio clinic, making sure my health is at top condition has been so easy. The support of Royal Holloway has allowed me to experience every opportunity presented to me - from the financial support received from the sports department I will be able to attend a GP development camp for team selections. Even the funding from my scholarship has gone towards buying new equipment that has improved my performance greatly.

All of this wouldn't be possible without the support of Royal Holloway and I am excited to continue my journey alongside them."

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Name: Dylan Trollope                  Sport: Rowing

Dylan is an international student in his 1st year of studying Computer Science. He currently competes for the University of London Boat Club and has represented South Africa in the LTA Mixed Cox Four at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games.

Sporting Achievements:

5th place Rio Paralympic Games

2nd place, World Cup 2016

2nd place Garivate International Rowing Regatta, 2015 & 2016


Getting to know:

I chose Royal Holloway because: proximity to London and the courses offered appealed to me

My sport has given me: The chance to meet people from all over the world that also row

Pre-game ritual: Listening to music and visualising the race

Favourite Pre-game song: Anything metal

Interesting fact about me: Won a silver medal at my first international competition

Sports role model: Moe Sbihi

Favourite food: English Breakfast

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Name: Ivan Antonov                                      Sport: Ice Hockey

Ivan is currently a postgraduate research student in the Department of Earth Sciences. He has been playing Ice Hockey since an early age and has represented GB U18s and U20s on numerous occasions. Currently he balances his studies around playing professionally for the Bracknell Bees and will this year be competing on behalf of the GB Universities team at the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Sporting Achievements:

NIHL League Champion 2017-18

Royal Holloway Sportsman of the Year 2017-18

Represented Team GB in the Winter University Games in Almaty 2017

Going to represent Team GB in the Winter University Games in Krasnoyarsk 2019 as co-captain. This trip is being part funded by the Student Opportunities Fund.


Sporting Goals:

Progress from the Great Britain Men’s Ice Hockey team training squad to main squad.


Getting to know:

I chose Royal Holloway because: of the beautiful Founders building

My sport has given me: confidence

Pre-game ritual: eat pasta, cheese and ketchup

Favourite pre-game song: Coasts- Oceans

Sports Role Model: Pavel Datsyuk

Favourite food: Sushi

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Name: Javier Bello                                                        Sport: Volleyball/Beach Volleyball

Javier is in the 1st year of his degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and is a talented youth volleyball player and TASS athlete. He has had 107 age-grade caps for England and has this year competed in Beach Volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires with his brother.

Sporting achievements:

Youngest ever English player to compete on the world tour

Captain England U17 and U19 (indoor)

U15,U16,U18 and U20 National Champion & 3 time MVP

Gold medal Youth Commonwealth Games

5th place U19 World Championship


Sporting Goals:

Medal at World Tour event in 2019

Medal at U20 European Championship

Reach top 30 teams on world ranking

Qualify for Olympic games 2024


Getting to know:

I chose Royal Holloway because: It’s close to home and enables me to continue my training and development as a sportsperson

My sport has given me: the opportunity to travel the world and meet lots of great people

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