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Commonwealth Elite Sports Award

July 2022 sees the city of Birmingham host the 22nd iteration of the Commonwealth Games, the first time West Midlands has played host to the event in its 90-year history. The Commonwealth Games bring nations together in a colourful celebration of sport and human performance, and the University of Birmingham will be proudly hosting both the hockey and squash competitions, as well as housing the majority of the athletes in the Vale Village on campus.

To celebrate the Games coming to our city, the University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness are delighted to introduce a new international Sports Award, targeted at aspiring coaches and sports practitioners. The Commonwealth Elite Sports Award, introduced for this academic year, is open to support the next generation of talented coaches and sport practitioners (S&C Coaches, Physiologists, Performance Psychologists and Performance Nutritionists), from Commonwealth countries, who will be studying a post graduate course at the University of Birmingham in 2021-22.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! We embrace applications from a wide range of sports and Commonwealth countries, and we look forward to welcoming you to our fantastic community of national and international athletes, elite sport practitioners and coaches, and world-class facilities in the new Sport & Fitness building.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 June, after which the panel will review all submissions. Successful applicants will be contacted to be invited for a virtual interview following this.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Alex Taylor on A.S.Taylor@bham.ac.uk.

 

BREAKDOWN OF AWARD

  • Three full-tuition awards are available, which cover the costs of your academic course (up to £25,000)
  • One of the awards will also include self-catered, en-suite accommodation for the duration of the post-graduate degree year. The awarding panel will allocate this award at selection.
  • Full annual peak gym and swim memberships at the Sport & Fitness club
  • Additional funding available for professional development towards further qualifications in your specific field
  • Provision of scholar kit and athlete resources, and coaching support
  • Mentoring from UoB Sport Performance & Coaching Team

CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION

You must have applied for a Post-Graduate (PG) (taught Masters) course at the University of Birmingham for the 2021-22 academic year, and been accepted. It is for one year (2021-22) only. This award is for talented coaches and sport practitioners (S&C Coaches, Physiologists, Performance Psychologists & Performance Nutritionists) from Commonwealth countries. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 June, after which the panel will review all submissions. Successful applicants will be contacted to be invited for a virtual interview after this.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are now open, and can be completed by filling in the ‘Apply for Commonwealth Elite Sports Award’ form on this page.

A BIT ABOUT US

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness is a new investment in university sport, having only opened in 2017. Over £65 million was invested in our indoor and outdoor sports facilities at this time, including new international-standard hockey pitches, an 8-lane running track, and sports Pavilion. The University has been host to a number of international teams and athletes over the years; including the Jamaican Athletics team before the 2012 London Olympics and again before the World Indoor Championships in 2017; the England, New Zealand and Jamaica netball teams before the Vitality Quad series in 2019, and the South Africa and Australia rugby teams pre-World Cup in 2015. Our Performance Centre is state-of-the-art; based on the top floor of the Sport & Fitness club, it is home to our lab, consultation rooms and Performance Gym, as well as an Alter-G anti-gravity machine.

The performance gym with squat racks, and a graphic on the wall quoting "the lions den"
Sport & Fitness building exterior

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Hugh Sproston

Hugh Sproston

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Helen Waters

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