Department of Sport

Sport Innovation Fund

Sport Innovation Fund

Sport innovation fund 

Our Leadership Academy's Sport Innovation Fund offers University of Nottingham students the opportunity to get involved with sport off the pitch. The Fund is ideal for students with an interest in sport outside of competing, participating, coaching and officiating. 

You can apply for up to £500 to support a specific project linked to your personal interests or your course at University. The project should benefit one (or more) of University of Nottingham Sport's programmes or activities and you'll be expected to give back a set amount of volunteering hours in return. 

For example:

  • Sports photography - we can support with purchasing photography equipment, funding photography training courses and / or working alongside a skilled mentor. We can also provide access to major University fixtures and events, where appropriate. 
  • Match day streaming - we can support with purchasing appropriate equipment and software and / or working alongside a skilled mentor. We can also offer access to major University sporting fixtures and events, where appropriate. 
  • Sports data analysis - we can support with purchasing appropriate software and training to collect and analyse data, e.g. sports performance and nutrition. We can also support with arranging access to our club teams and scholarship athletes. 

These are only a few suggestions and we look forward to hearing your ideas!

For more information on the Sport Innovation Fund, please contact Joanne Turner, Sports Volunteering Officer, at

Application criteria

  • Applicants must be a current University of Nottingham student.
  • This fund will only support new projects, or where a project already exists, you must be able to demonstrate room for additional growth. 
  • Projects will be funded up to a maximum of £500.
  • Upon successful application, the individual(s) must give back a pre-agreed number of voluntary hours in return. See the cost / volunteering matrix below for details. You will be required to log these hours via our online system at

Cost / volunteering hours matrix

Cost £1-£100 £101-£200  £201-300 £301-£400 £401-500
Volunteering hours 10 hours  20 hours 30 hours  40 hours 50 hours


  • If your project includes developing content of any kind (photo, video or written), then the rights for this content must be shared with University of Nottingham Sport.
  • If your project involves the collection of data of any kind, you must ensure that the correct GDPR guidelines are followed with the support of the UoN Sport staff lead. All personal data must be returned to UoN Sport upon completion of the project and destroyed from other devices. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Making your application 

Please complete the below application form with as much detail as possible about your project. Some tips:

  • Be creative - we're interested in your original ideas. 
  • Be realistic - will you have enough time alongside your other commitments to deliver your project? 
  • Describe how your project will benefit not just yourself as an individual, but wider University of Nottingham Sport programmes and fellow students. Be specific - who will your project affect and why is it important?
  • Tell us how your skills and experience can support you to deliver your project and / or how it will help you develop new skills and experiences. For example, is your project related to your current hobby or your academic course? Will the skills / experience be useful for your chosen career?
  • Tell us how your project is sustainable in the longer term. For example, are you at the beginning of your studies here or are you able to pass on the skills / information to another student? Could equipment purchased be passed on or returned for future benefit?

Once your application is received it will be reviewed by the University of Nottingham Sport team and you will be notified if you have been successful within 4 weeks. Successful applicants will then receive a review document to agree project details, start date and outcomes. 

For more information about the application process, please contact Joanne Turner, Sports Volunteering Officer, at

Application form

Please note, applications to the Sport Innovation fund are currently closed. 

Applications will reopen at the start of the 2020/21 academic year. All applications already submitted will be considered by the Leadership Academy team when the fund reopens. 


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