Support for high-level sport
Grants are awarded to sports men or women for participation either at University level, or at an equivalent or higher level, e.g. regional/national competition. The following rules apply:
- A £200 award is given to all students who receive a Full Blue. Students who win Blues in two different academic years are eligible for two awards, as are those who win Full Blues in (a maximum of) two different sports in the same academic year. These awards are generously subsidised by Winston Ginsberg (1986).
- Students who win Half-Blues are eligible for a £150 award. Students who win Half-Blues in two different academic years are eligible for two awards, as are those who win Half-Blues in (a maximum of) two different sports in the same academic year. These awards are funded from the Peter May Fund.
- Students participating in a Blue or Half-Blue Sport at a high level (University level or above), who do not receive a Blue or Half-Blue, are eligible instead for a grant to cover half the cost of sports travel and kit (which is not refunded from other sources), up to a maximum grant of £150. These awards are known as Peter May Awards. Students may apply for support for a maximum of two sports per year and must produce evidence from the team captain of their participation.
- Students in any of the above categories are also eligible for limited extra support, up to £75, for sports travel and kit if they incur expenses of more than £300 per year, that are not met from any other funds. This will be paid from the Peter May Fund pro rata, at 25% of the total amount of approved receipted expenditure above £300 and up to a maximum of £600. E.g. approved expenses of £500 will qualify for an extra £50 grant. This extra sum is also available to Blues and Half-Blues, but they, like everyone else, must submit receipts for the full amount. (E.g. a Blue spending an approved sum of £600 on kit and travel will get £275, £75 from Peter May and £200 from Winston Ginsberg.) Before applying for this extra grant, students must also apply for additional support from other quarters, wherever appropriate, e.g. the Hawks' Club.
- Students who participate in a non-Blue or Half-Blue sport are not automatically eligible for an expenses grant, but they may be eligible for a standard College travel grant for specific travel e.g. to participate in an international competition. The maximum award will be 50% of travel and accommodation costs, within limits. This will also be paid from the Peter May Fund.
- Three general rules also apply:
- No student will receive more than £600 from the Peter May Fund, for the awards listed in 2-5 above, during an undergraduate or graduate course.
- All awards are subject to satisfactory academic and disciplinary performance. No student will receive more than £200 for sports awards in any one year without the approval of the Tutors' Committee.
- In order to qualify for support for two sports which are similar (e.g. sailing and yachting), students must show evidence of particular financial need.
Application deadlines and procedure:
- Blues and Half-Blues should apply on the appropriate form. All applications for a Blues Award must be accompanied by written support from the appropriate Blues Captain.
- Applicants for a Peter May award for expenses should apply on the appropriate form. You should apply for sports expenses awards only when you know that you will not be receiving a Blue or Half-Blue, and so it is possible to apply only between 15th April and 15th October each year, for the academic year ending on 30th September. All sportsmen and women must keep all receipts from the beginning of the year, because only where full receipts are provided will expenses be granted.
- Applicants for a travel grant for non-Blue sports should apply on the appropriate standard college grant form in the normal way. Again, receipts must be kept and submitted.