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St Mary’s University and Old Elthamians RFC are offering students a fantastic opportunity to combine higher education studies with high-level professional rugby union support, offering excellence on the pitch and in the classroom.

As part of a ground-breaking five-year partnership, Old Elthamians RFC are offering exceptional scholarships for talented rugby players to cover the full costs of tuition and accommodation fees (including meals), worth around £50,000 for the OldEsmallduration of a player’s studies.

This programme will see students join the Men’s Rugby Performance Programme (MRPP) that grants access to high-quality professional coaching, strength & conditioning services, performance analysis, rehabilitation and massage services, performance workshops and use of the University’s world-class training facilities.

Students unsuccessful in their applications for the MRPP will also have opportunities to play for the club’s 2nd and 3rd teams, accessing high-quality coaching and being part of a successful club environment, competing in BUCS competitions on Wednesday afternoons.

To register your interest in the programme please complete the form below by 5pm on the 15th January 2019 to allow us to gain a greater understanding of your background. We require all fields to be filled out and it should be noted that this information will be used for external purposes.

Please note that all players need to be eligible to study at St Mary’s, to confirm the University as their first choice institution and be accepted on a programme of study. Also, scholars will be asked to sign a player agreement.

Applications and timeline

For those interested in the programme the anticipated timeline for those starting in September 2019 is as follows:

  • 15th January 2019 – All UCAS applications need to be made by this date
  • 31st January 2019  – Majority of offer places are sent out
  • 1st May 2019 – Applicants need to select St Mary’s as 1st choice by this date
  • 5th July 2019 – Clearing opens for students that did not meet their offer and those that applied after the original UCAS application deadline (15th January)
  • August 2019 – Club pre-season to begin

Thank you for applying for a scholarship. Please note that due to the high volume of applicants we won’t be able to respond to everyone, however for those players identified as potential scholars we will contact you to discuss next steps.

Final selection of scholars will be undertaken by St Mary’s University and Old Elthamians and we aim to inform all successful scholars by 1st April 2019.

For players that do not apply by the 15th January UCAS deadline, subject to any scholarship places being left, it may be possible to apply through Clearing.  Information on this will be released at a later date.

For further information please contact our Sports Performance Officer at