photograph Sports Scholars celebrated

Newcastle University welcomed a record number of Sports Scholars at a special event.

Representing 27 different sports, 121 student athletes join Team Newcastle to help cement the University as one of the best performance sport programmes in the UK, and to build on its successful BUCS campaign.

Colin Blackburn, Director of the Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport, welcomed all student Sports Scholars to Team Newcastle and presented them with their sports scholarships awards. He said: “The Sports Scholarship awards are about excellence and are aimed at ensuring that our student athletes maximise both their sporting and academic potential whilst at Newcastle. It is also about raising the profile and performance of Newcastle University through Sport.”

“The record number of scholars reflects not only the standard of the applications that we received but also the increased support that has been made available by the University and the continuing support of Santander, Sir Robert McAlpine, FaulknerBrowns Architects and Reeves Independent Wealth Management.

“We have 76 new Scholars including a cohort of overseas students to enhance our Basketball and Volleyball programs and 46 continuing Scholars.”  

All scholars will have access to the Scholar Workshop Programme covering topics such as ‘Sports Psychology Strategies’, ‘Anti-Doping’, ‘Recovery Nutrition’, ‘The Recovery Cycle’, ‘Managing Injuries’ as well as medical and physiotherapy screening. Each athlete will have a personalised strength and conditioning programme and access to a personal tutor from within the Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport.

The workshop programme is about educating the athletes not only to get the most out of themselves but also for them to become role models and mentors by applying this knowledge and helping them to develop their university sports clubs and its individual members.

In 2016, Team Newcastle finished 9th in the BUCS campaign with 2410 points, a 19% increase from last year. The campaign saw outstanding performances by a range of teams, including the Rowing Club, Rugby Union, Fencing, Water Polo, Squash and Basketball. Thirteen Teams won their BUCS Leagues, with four gaining promotion to BUCS Premier Leagues:  Basketball, Hockey (Men’s and Women’s), and Squash (Men’s). Newcastle now has 13 Premier League Teams, while 51 scholars gained international selections in 2015/16.

Ivan Lazarov

published on: 3rd November 2016