Sports Scholarships

East Staffordshire Sports Scholarship Award Scheme

Fund for Performers and Coaches


To recognise and encourage aspiring sports performers and performance level coaches, who live within the Borough of East Staffordshire


  • Aged under 25 on 31st August 2017 and have shown signs of significant improvement in performance at regional level or above or achieved top place finishes in National Competition
  • Ages under 25 on 31st August 2017 and have achieved International Honours or attended International Competitions recognised by Sport England or are ranked in the top 10 nationally
  • Aged under 2 on 31st August 2017 and have been selected to compete in National teams/squads or have a national 10 ranking
  • Applications are welcomed from those aged over 25 who have been selected to compete or are competing in National teams/squads or have a national top 10 ranking
  • Elite level performance coaches who coach athletes who have achieved at regional level or above during 2017
  • Performers must reside in East Staffordshire and do so for more than six months of the year
  • Performers must compete in a sport recognised by Sport England
  • Written evidence is supplied to support the application from a relevant National Governing Body representative
  • Relevant and up to date photo's or video's footage of the performer in action and at medal ceremony's should be supplied
  • All application should be submitted by the deadline, with no exceptions
  • All applications will be judged on the information provided on the application from, so please make your application as comprehensive as possible.

Sports Scholarship Nominations

Along side the Scholarship Awards there is a number of awards that recognise the achievement of individuals, who have shown dedication or excelled in their chosen sport as a volunteer, coach or work behind the scenes to help a sports club run smoothly.

Do you know any local voluntary sports men, women or young person that make a contribution to sport?

Do you know of a local sports performer, who has excelled in their chosen sport?

If the answer is yes to either of these, then why not nominate them for an East Staffordshire Sport Award. Nominations will be sort for:

  • Junior Team of the Year
  • Senior Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Junior Volunteer of the Year
  • Administrator of the Year
  • Disabled Performer of the Year
  • Junior Sports Person of the Year
  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Sports Unsung Hero

Nominations can be made by any individual who can comment on an individuals or teams outstanding contribution in one of the above sports awards categories. Making a nomination provides a great opportunity for their efforts and achievements to be celebrated and recognised.

2017 Sports Scholarship Award Winners


Matthew Lear

Jessica Lear

Ellie Scott



William Foster

Harriet Bebbington

Bethan Thomas

Katherine Reilly


Emily Simpkins

Shania Hayles



Rebecca Bedford

Sasha Hawksworth



Meagan Wildman

Cara Adams



Charlotte Jones

Jack Simpson

Edward Sheffield

Rebecca Sheffield





Lucy Pendleton

Megan Ridley

Sophie Carlton

Jacob Buxton

Kieran Whetton

Alex Doman


Tug of War

Brian Wheeler

James Kerry

Aiden Wheeler

Willima Kerry

Ian Murphy

Emily Kerry



James Bowley

Matthew Bowley







Krishan Bhogal








Emma Reilly








Moutain Biking

Mitchell Ingley









Freya Lewis

Chloe Knight

Julia French

Debbie Prince






Nick Potts









Beth McQuoney

Scott Smith








Grant McKinlay



Lauren Swalwell



Frazer Clarke



Josie Nelson



Sam Woolley

Tom Wooley

Main Award Winners   

Hilton Sports Person of the Year Awarded to Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist, from Uttoxeter Adam Peaty. Adam is the current world record holder over 100m Breaststroke and was the first male to win an Olympic Gold in the pool since 1988.

Ugis Rozins, Scored 11 goals for St Georges Knight in the National Power chair Football League – Consolidated Charities of Burton upon Trent Disabled Performer of the Year

Alex Dolman, volunteers at Burton Hockey Club Academy – Young Volunteer of the Year

Burton Amateur Swimming Club Gala Squad, who had a record breaking 2016, winning 9 Galas throughout the year.– ‘Ted Smith’ Junior Team of the Year in pursuit of excellence

Shania Hayles, Birmingham City Ladies and England Colleges Striker – Junior Sports Person of the Year

Pete Bunting, Volunteer and Coach co-ordinator at Burton Rugby Club - East Staffordshire Sports Council Administrator of the Year

Ian Gates and Simon Ward, Joint Head Coaches of Burton Amateur Swimming Club – Consolidated Charities of Burton upon Trent Sports Coach of the Year

St Georges Knights Powerchair Football Team, currently sit top of the National League – Senior Team of the Year

Steve Gardner, ran Burton powerhouse Gym for the past 30 years, coaching numerous champions at all levels – ‘Vic Roebuck’ Memorial Trophy for Sports Un-Sung Hero’s