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Gifted Athlete Support Programme

Applications are now closed and will reopen in September 2024

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Chichester graduate Danielle in Oval Invincibles uniform ahead of the 2021 Hundred cricket competition

Danielle Gregory

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Performance) & MSc Sports Performance Analysis graduate and women's
cricket player

"My University experience has been unforgettable. I have received an enormous amount of support academically, and in terms of being able to pursue my cricket career.

I’ve connected with my lecturers and fellow students on a more personal level, and get the most out of my degree using their experiences and knowledge. I have formed lifelong friendships and created unbelievable memories along the way.

I’m now looking to continue pursuing a Professional cricket career; pushing my game as far as it will take me, with my future ambition to play cricket for England and travel around the world competing in franchise tournaments."

Supporting your sports performance

Here at Chichester, we are committed to supporting athletes with their studies and sporting ambitions. The University's Gifted Athlete Support Programme (GASP) helps students combine academic study with sport by offering support to compete at the highest level.

Our student athletes will have access to our experts in sport coaching, exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, sport nutrition, sport psychology, sport therapy or physiotherapy and receive:

  • Financial Support*
  • Fitness Suite at the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport
  • Administrative support from SU Sport
  • GASP branded kit

* Level of financial support dependent upon level of achievement in sport.

Students learning archery

Who should apply?

Consideration for Gifted Athletes will be given to all candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Regional, national, or international standard in their sport or show strong evidence of future outstanding potential
  • Fulfil the normal entry requirements for the course for which you are applying
  • Be committed to playing a full part in the University and represent us in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions

The scheme has supported a number of athletes including a 470 Olympic Class sailor, an elite basketball player and a Norwegian national rugby union player.

How to apply

GASP applications are now closed for prospective students. The GASP Selection Board consisting of Professor Mike Lauder, Dr Jenny Smith and Nathan Bickle will review the applications and disseminate the outcomes to successful applicants within two weeks of the Friday 19 April deadline.

Applications will reopen for all students in September 2024.

Find out more

Contact Nathan Bickle on email N.Bickle@chi.ac.uk

Recent Gifted Athletes

Name Course studied Discipline Level
Callum Elliot BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years) Triathlon/Aqua Bike Regional
Danielle Gregory BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Cricket International
Emily McDonough MSc Physiology Trampolining National
Haylee Miller BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy Basketball National
Josh Goddard BA (Hons) Physical Education (Secondary Years) Basketball National
Josh Parry BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Coaching Athletics National
Patrick Bray BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Performance Sailing) Sailing National
Sergiu Chete BSc (Hons) Community Sports Coaching Swimming National
Finley Bigg BSc ( Hons) Sport Science and Coaching Athletics International
Jasmine Seamarks BA (Hons) Outdoor and Adventure Education Swimming National
Kirsty Atter BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy Synchronised Skating International
Lars Thorkildsen BMus Vocal Performance Rugby Union International

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