Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships are awarded to candidates who demonstrate excellent potential across a variety of sports. Candidates should offer at least two sports and one of the sports offered must be one of Dunottar’s main sports: Football, Netball, Lacrosse and Cricket for girls, Rugby, Football and Cricket for boys. A high level of performance within Swimming and/or Athletics can support a candidate’s application.

For the Year 7 award we would expect candidates to be playing competitively at A team level at their current school, to be playing some club sport outside school and to show the potential to compete at county level by the time they join Dunottar.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate a high level of personal fitness and, during the assessment process, the Director of Sport will be looking for candidates who show an awareness of tactical play and a positive attitude, in addition to their sporting talent and skills.

For further guidance about Sports Scholarship applications, please refer to the Guidelines and Application Form below.

Dunottar Sports Scholars will benefit from a number of the following programmes and initiatives that we proudly offer;

  • Visits to University sports science laboratories to experience higher educational settings and the science that underpins sport
  • Annual Sports Careers Evening, with guest speakers from varying professional fields within sport talking about all aspects of their job (sports journalism, sports coaching, physiotherapists, sport event management, teaching and sports presenting)
  • External Talent ID and performance testing company visiting Dunottar to conduct fitness tests and provide an analysis of the results
  • Inspirational talks from professional sports people. Examples include Daniel Lewis (Commonwealth Games Triple Jumper) and Rosie Clarke (British Champion 3000m Steeplechase)
  • Informative talk and Q&A session with a professional Sports Nutritionist
  • TED Talks and Workshops each with a specific focus, spanning a range of topics across Sport Psychology, Training (Physiology) and Socio-Cultural Factors
  • Spending time with a Strength & Conditioning Consultant to help produce a bespoke training programme identifying areas for specific improvement
  • Termly mentoring sessions with either staff (for older scholars) or with older scholars (for lower school scholars) to review goals and aspirations for the future
  • Sports scholars will also benefit from our partnership with Surrey Cricket Foundation, whether this be from involvement with the Dunottar Cricket Academy (cricketing Scholars invited to attend before school sessions using the new four-lane nets), or visits to the KIA Oval to witness professional sports training facilities and provision. Our Scholars may also be invited to watch Surrey Cricket in T20, One Day Cup and County Championship fixtures.

Sports scholars are expected to be role models in their approach to sport and physical activity. They will show commitment to all aspects of sports at school, participating fully in co-curricular activities, teams and competitive fixtures and leading by example. As sport scholars progress through the school they are also expected to get involved in coaching, leading and officiating their younger peers.

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