TuksSport Performance Support Fund Bursaries 2024

About TuksSport

TuksSport is the sports department of the University of Pretoria. It runs and maintains several sports training facilities and clubs. These clubs are focused on sports ranging from chess to cheerleading to cricket.

TuksSports clubs are membership-based open to students, staff, alumni, and the community. Besides training equipment, there are services like technical expertise, sports psychology, and injury support. Several South African athletes have made use of the clubs to train and compete at the international level.

TuksSport Sports Performance Support Fund Bursaries 2024

TuksSport is offering bursaries to certain South African students who want to further their careers in sports. The TuksSports Sports Performance Support Fund bursary will also facilitate your tertiary qualification.

The programme brings together talented and qualified coaches to train the bursars.

For the academic year 2024, the following are some of the sporting disciplines that are covered:

  • Aikido
  • Athletics
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Chess
  • Exploration
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Tennis

The students will have to select a single sport code. They cannot opt for multiple sports codes.

Moreover, the bursaries are awarded for one year initially. Students are then required to apply for it again to avail the benefits. They are renewed each year based on the previous year’s performance, training attendance, and level of commitment shown.

Eligibility Criteria

The University of Pretoria has certain requirements in place that the applicants must meet to avail of the bursary. It’s important that you review all of them. Ineligibility for even a single criterion leads to rejection of the application.

The eligibility criteria for the TuksSport Sports Performance Support Fund Bursaries are:

  • Must be a South African citizen at the time of applying
  • Must have either completed Matric or are currently in Matric
  • Must be willing to pursue a full-time education at the University of Pretoria
  • Must be entering the first year of 2024 academic year
  • Must have a credible and excellent track record in the eligible sports category

Meeting all the criteria, however, doesn’t guarantee selection. The next step of the selection process is based on the following criteria:

  • Priorities of the TuksSport club, which is at their sole discretion
  • Shortage of athletes in the club for events or playing position
  • Applicant’s position on the current SA junior and senior rankings
  • Applicant’s position in the international ranking
  • The ability and likelihood of the applicant to qualify for international events
  • Potential at the following events as determined by the selection committee:
    • USSA
    • Varsity Sport SA
    • Varsity cup competition

Some of these will be reviewed again next year for renewal. So make sure you fulfill the criteria before applying.

How to Apply?

If you fulfill the eligibility criteria, move forward with the application process. It’s going to be easy and short. Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Apply Online at the University of Pretoria

You first need to apply at the University of Pretoria’s online website, which you can access here: TuksSport Sports Performance Support Fund.(click on your sport and complete the online application form).

That’s how the university will know that you’re interested in the bursary programme. You’d have to create an account first and then register yourself.

  • Apply for the Bursary

The next step is to complete the application form. This is a two-step process.

First, you need to submit the online Google doc. You can access it from the website or by clicking here. There are separate forms for each sport. Click on the correct form that is applicable for the sports of your choice.

The next step is to fill out the online application form, where you’ll be redirected to after completing the Google doc. Provide correct answers for each question.

The University of Pretoria will send you a copy of the application form to your registered email address. Get it signed by a guardian if you’re under the age of 18.

Documents Required

You need to submit the following documents:

  • ID document or birth certificate
  • Grade 11 mark sheet
  • Full-length photograph (A5 size in JPG format)

Send the application form along with the documents to Mrs. Riekie Labuschagne at Riekie.labuschagne@up.ac.za.

The university will respond within three weeks of applying.

Closing Date

The bursary opened on the 1st of March to all applicants. The deadline for it is 31 July 2023.

Contact Details

You can contact the bursary provider at:

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/

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