Written by kdanceydowns
BU Sports Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Phil Smith, a postgraduate student, tells us his scholarship story…
It’s never an easy process choosing which university to attend, and I’m still not sure whether basing your decision mostly around sports helps ease the process or makes it harder. While it helps to narrow down the options, it also adds another element which has to be factored into all decisions. Thinking back to January 2013, I was in Cyprus half way through another professional volleyball season and trying to figure out what I wanted to do the following year when my contract was up. I always knew I wanted to complete a Master’s degree when I finished playing abroad and with the financial crisis crippling Cyprus, that option was becoming ever more appealing.
I knew that I wanted to find a university that offered a sports based business Master’s, had a volleyball programme which would enable me to continue playing at a good level, offered sports scholarships and had a team which was ready to be successful. After considering all of the options, Bournemouth University became the obvious choice. BU offered a Sports Management MSc, had a volleyball programme which allowed for training up to 7 times a week with 2 matches per week, had a team full of current international players and was also based close to the beach. Additionally, my beach volleyball coach was based in Bournemouth which enabled me to continue to train for beach volleyball throughout the year.The sports scholarship that I received from BU has been vital in enabling me to continue playing volleyball at an elite level. I was fortunate to be offered both the financial scholarship, which allowed me to claim money towards volleyball activities, and the EXCEL scholarship, which provided me with gym membership, chiropractic appointments, weekly massage treatment and strength and conditioning sessions. Having access to these services is invaluable to any athlete training and competing on a regular basis to ensure their body can handle the physical demand full time training requires.