Manchester’s top young athletes receive sport scholarships

A record number of 60 scholars and five sport ambassadors have been selected to benefit from a tailored financial and sporting support package provided by Manchester Met University Sport.

The bespoke package, which includes nutrition, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning as well as financial support and contributions towards their fees, attracted hundreds of applications from athletes around the world – all looking to develop both their academic and athletic potential with Manchester Metropolitan University.

MMU Sport performance officer, Callum Jones said: “It’s extremely exciting to see the level of student athletes that we attract to Manchester Metropolitan University through our scholarship programme.

“We have increased the number of student athletes supported by the programme whilst at the same time improving the overall standard of the cohort. This speaks volumes about the new partnerships and club links we have made across the country, and shows the investment into sport by Manchester Met.”

This year’s cohort includes Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox, who erupted onto the Paralympic scene in Rio last summer. Having conquered both cycling and athletics - bringing home a bronze, silver and two gold medals - she returns to University this year to complete her Physiotherapy studies.

Joining Kadeena is fellow track cyclist Joanna Rowsell-Shand, who is studying Physiology. Joanna is an Olympian Gold medallist in the team pursuit in both London 2012 and Rio 2016.  Although now retired from the track racing, she looks forward to competing for Manchester Met in the road races as well as building her career outside the sport.

New scholar Michael Jones, who brought home a Gold medal in last summer’s Paralympics in the 400m Freestyle category, will study Business Enterprise and Marketing and hopes to build on the success of his previous couple of years in the pool.

MMU Sport also welcomes back England international basketball player Stefan Gill. Stefan has been a professional basketballer for seven years and currently plays for Manchester Magic. He is studying for an MSc in International Business Management whilst also looking to continue to grow his personal training company with Enhance Performance.