Press Release

25 March 2011

Following a successful and well attended public lecture on Friday 11 March, the Minister for Sport and Olympics and Faversham MP, Mr Hugh Robertson, presented talented Canterbury Christ Church University students with sport scholarships.

The Minister openly talked about how securing the Olympics and hosting a major sporting event in Great Britain was vital to bringing a quality sports experience to the nation, and especially to young people.

The University encourages young sportsmen and women to pursue their passion for sports and offers seven scholarships of up to £2000 per annum. Students awarded a Sports Scholarship will be expected to represent the University throughout the duration of their studies as a three year undergraduate student.

Successful candidates are required to provide a performance plan on an annual basis and to represent Canterbury Christ Church University at British Universities Colleges Sports competitions (BUCS) and/or an equivalent competition.

Nicholas Moore, Year 3 Sports scholar: Geography and Sports Science - Pole Vault Athlete, said: "The Sport Scholarship Scheme has provided excellent support towards my training, equipment and transport costs. I have also had a lot of support in completing my coursework during competitions. And, I have made new friends among fellow scholars and lecturers alike.

Dr Andrew Balsdon, Director of Sport, said: "The evening was a great opportunity for members of Canterbury Christ Church University, the local community and guests from across Kent to hear about the Olympics and future of sport in Britain. The Minister for Sport and Olympics gave a clear overview of current progress with the Olympic Park which was on time and on budget. He responded to questions on a wide range of sport issues in a very personable manner. I was delighted that he was able to present our sport scholarship awards for 2011 which made the event even more special.

“It was a chance to engage our scholars with the inspiring legacy of the Olympics and Paralympic games, in the hope that one day they’ll be representing not only the University, but also Great Britain.”

The students that received sport scholarships at the event are:

Evie Bowyer - Netball (studies Events Management) 
Ross Gilham – Jones - Hockey (studies Sport and Exercise Science)
Matthew Lamprell – Football (studies Sport and Exercise Science)
Charlie Thomas – Basketball (studies Applied Criminology and English)

Applications for Sports Scholarships for 2011/2012 opened in October 2010. The Deadline for applications are in two phases Sunday 24th April 2011 and then October 2011.

To apply, please visit For more information, contact Kim Debling at or call 01227 863472.


Notes to Editor

In the photo: From left to right (back) - Mr Pergrine Massey, High Sheriff of Kent, Professor Robin Baker CMG, Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University, Andrew Balsdon, Director of Sport (at the University), The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Pat Todd, Susan Piotrowski, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) and MP Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and Olympics.

Scholars: Charlie Thomas, Ross Gilham Jones, Evie Bowyer, Matthew Lamprell.

For more information about Canterbury Chrsit Church Unviersity’s Sports Scholarship scheme, please visit

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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