Elite Team Sports Bursaries

In partnership with our extremely successful Elite Sports Scholarships, we’ve developed the Elite Team Sports Bursary to provide support and encouragement to students who are achieving excellence within a team sport.


Who can apply

Applicants must be studying on a Plymouh Marjon University degree programme to be eligible, and they must have represented the Academy squad of a professional (or an equivalent level) sports team (football, basketball or hockey) for at least one full season at an age group level of 16+.

All bursary holders must be available to represent the University in the BUCS Championships, Varsity and other related student sports championships. This bursary can’t be held in conjunction with any other Plymouth Marjon University related bursary, grant or scholarship.

We also offer the Plymouth Albion Senior Rugby Academy in conjunction with Plymouth Albion to offer aspiring rugby players the chance to develop their rugby careers with top level training whilst studying for a university degree. 


How to apply

If you wish to apply, you must complete the Elite Sports Team Bursary Application Form and the Scholarship and Bursary Reference Request Form and forward to Kathryn Kearney, Student Sports Officer (kkearney@marjon.ac.uk) by 31 March of the preceding academic year. All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel and successful candidates will be offered a bursary when the applicant’s place has been confirmed on a University course.


What's expected

As with the Elite Sports Scholarships, a great deal of time and money is invested by the University into the Elite Team Sports Bursary programme. In return, we ask that bursary holders commit themselves 100% to the ethos and culture of the programme. If students can’t uphold this requirement, they may be asked to leave the programme.

All bursary holders are expected to participate in promotional and recruitment activities and events, media events, photo opportunities and other related marketing opportunities. 

liam prynn and aiden taylor

Building the team

Meet Aiden and Liam

This year we welcome the first students on Elite Team Sports Bursaries, they are Liam Prynn and Aiden Taylor.

Liam has played football for several years at Torquay United. He has played for them in the Vanarama National Conference League, the FA cup qualifying rounds and the FA Trophy. He has also represented Cornwall at county level.

Aiden has played rugby for the London Irish Academy U14 team and more recently for the Exeter Chiefs Academy U17 and U18 teams. He signed for Exmouth and contributed to their Devon Cup win in 2016. Aiden played for Exmouth in National League Division Three last season and is excited about the chance to play in Division Two this season and to push for Devon U20’s.