News | Thursday, 14th September 2017

Record number of student athletes receive sport scholarships

Sport Scholars include Paralympic star and gold medallist Kadeena Cox  

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 MMU 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.”

Going for gold

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 is also delighted to welcome 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.


Looking to the year ahead, Callum added: “Through their contribution in our club teams and impact in individual events, our sport scholars will help realise our ambition to climb the league table for the British University and College Sport and reach our target of ‘Top 20 in BUCS by 2020.’

“We look forward to welcoming this group of Olympians, Paralympians and World Champions and making the 2017-2018 academic year Manchester Met’s best year yet.”

MMU Sport 2017/18 scholars

Rheanne Bailey   Basketball   MSc Physiotherapy
Abby Tyrrell   Netball   Sports Marketing Management
Aimee Pratt   Athletics - SC   Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Amy Clinton   Netball   Accounting and Finance
Ashton Greenwood   Athletics - Sprints   Philosophy
Calum Owen   Rugby Union   Physiotherapy
Chloe Golding   Swimming   Sports Science and Physiology
Connor Wilkinson   Rugby Union   Physiology
Dan Paddon   Waterpolo   Sport and Exercise with Physiology
Dean Wanliss   Basketball   Sports Management
Dom Bryan   Rugby League   Law (Masters)
Emily Hollinshead   Football   Primary Education
Fanni Kiss   Rugby Union   Sports Management (Foundation)
Fran Duffy   Netball   Legal Practice Course (Masters)
Georgia Sutherland   Rugby Union   Foundation Biology
Georgie Waterman   Lacrosse   Physiotherapy
Grace Simmons   Basketball   International Fashion and Promotion
Helen Scott   Cycling   Exercise and Sports Science
Honor Grimes   Waterpolo   Speech and Language Therapy
Izzy Howe   Waterpolo   Psychology
Jack Beevers   Rugby Union   Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Jess Crampton   Cycling   Fashion design and technology – sportswear
Joanna Rowsell-Shand   Cycling   Physiology
Joe Fox   Gymnastics   Human biology
Joel Leighton   Waterpolo   Sociology
Jordan Elliot   Waterpolo   Sport Management
Kadeena Cox   Cycling - para   Physiotherapy
Kevin Metzger   Athletics - TJ   Exercise and Sport Science
Lizzie Gladman   Rugby Union   BSc Physiotherapy
Loick Pouale   Basketball   Human Resource Management
Mike Jones   Swimming - para   Comb Honours- Business Enterprise/Marketing
Natasha Fenton   Football   BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Oliver Curtis   Lacrosse   BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
Paige Kindred   Netball   Primary Education
Paul McGookin   Rugby Union   Sports Management (Foundation Year)
Rachel Drabble   Waterpolo   PGCE Primary
Richard Bell   Basketball   MSC Management
Ryan Millar   Rugby League   Master of Architecture
Stefan Gill   Basketball   MSc Management
Tully Kearney   Swimming - para   Physiology (Physical Activity and Health)
Will Baxter   Lacrosse   Human Geography
Liam Kennerley   Hockey   Multimedia Journalism
Alex Pantechis   Rugby Union   Sports and Exercise Nutrition
Chloe Shepherd   Netball   Business Management
Ellie Bohannan   Football   Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
Emily Bullis   Athletics - SC distance   Fashion
Hallam Chapman   Rugby Union   Product Design Engineering(foundation)
Jess Coulson   Athletics - XC   PhD
Josh Dean   Rugby League   Sport Management
Makisa Gilkes   Netball   Business and Law
Marcus Burgess   Football   Sports Marketing and Management
Matt Pagan   Athletics - MD   Mechanical Engineering
Michael Mulvey   Boxing   Business/Sport
Nathan Cummiskey   Boxing   Business
Rachel Towell   Netball   Human Resource Management
Reuben Wall   Boxing   Business Management
Sophie Evans   Football   Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Theresa Crookall   Hockey   Physiotherapy
Toni Buckingham   Athletics - SP   Fashion Design & Technology w/sports wear
Tyler McKenna   Karate   Science and Engineering


Amy Salt   Weightlifting   Inclusive Education and Disability Studies
Hannah Dines   Cycling - para   MSc Sport and Exercise (Physiology)
Laura Black   Handball   MSC Pre registration Physiotherapy
Jess Varnish   Cycling   Sports and Exercise Nutrition
Rebecca Condie   Hockey   MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)

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