Sports and Scholarships at Exeter

Sport for all

Everyone at Exeter has the chance to participate in sport, at a level that’s right for them and importantly to enhance their mental and physical wellbeing. We have 50 sports clubs with something for everyone, whether students are complete beginners or elite athletes all our clubs compete in either BUCS, local or national leagues.

BUCS is the national governing body for university sport, and it runs the national sporting competition between universities and colleges throughout the UK. If you have a student who is interested in sport especially at a competing level then would be useful for them to explore the BUCS site and leagues. It’s a huge part of sporting life for the Athletic Union and University. At Exeter, we have more than 120 teams from over 40 sports competing in weekly fixtures across the UK, and Exeter consistently finishes in the top 5 in BUCS each year.  

We also have a range of gym memberships, gym classes, tennis courts, swimming pools, walking sculpture trails, and other state-of-the-art facilities available for students who would prefer to independently exercise.

Sports Scholarship Scheme

Many of your students will be passionate about sport and wish to continue participating at a higher level once at University. The University of Exeter Sports Scholarship Scheme is one of the most prestigious in the UK, helping the best student-athletes reach their full potential. The scheme provides a comprehensive support package and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual athlete. Many of our graduating scholars have progressed to a professional level in their chosen sport and represented their respective countries on the global stage.

The Scholarship Scheme provides three separate awards for a student-athlete to be supported through, these are;

Sport Scholarship – awarded annually to international level athletes competing in one of our eight Performance Sports.

Sport Performance Bursary – awarded annually to international level athletes (including a national ranking if applicable) competing for an AU recognised sport that is not a performance sport.

Partnership Bursary – awarded annually to athletes competing for one of our recognised partners in one of our eight performance sports.

If you have a student interested in competing within our performance programme, please suggest they complete our interest form here to ensure their playing details are seen by our coaches. 

Sport may not seem like the number one priority for all students however it is important to consider the amazing opportunities out there for both beginners and experts which will complement their university experience.


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