Playing sport could help you earn more in the future. The Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University has done some interesting research into graduates that played sport at University.
They calculated that an average graduate who played sport while studying at University earns £5,824 more than those who did not. They also found that it was linked to fewer periods of unemployment.
They conducted a survey on behalf of British Universities and College Sport on nearly 6000 students. What they found was 21% of graduates that were sporty had had a period of unemployment during their career, compared to 27% of students who were not sporty.
Simon Shibli, co-director of the centre, said that sport was a way students could demonstrate ambition, drive, motivation and leadership to prospective employers.
The Sport Industry Research Centre study also surveyed 112 graduate recruiting companies, 94% of which said there was a “clear link between university sport participation and valuable skills and strengths in potential employees”.
Karen Rothery, chief executive of BUCS, said: “In a challenging economic climate, employers increasingly require candidates to demonstrate achievements beyond academic ability – key attributes such as team work, communication skills and leadership that can be developed through sport make a student stand out.”
At Aston we recognise that sport is an important part of the higher education experience and we aim to offer sports for all students. We have a sports scholarship program for those that are competing at a high level but we also provide swimming lessons for complete beginners.
Our sport scholarship programme has seen some high level athletes compete for Aston over the years in everything from Sailing to Snowboarding. You can get up to £500 per year to spend on equipment, specialised coaching, travel and competition entry. We run this programme in order to help students continue playing their sport while they study and to recognise that they are high calibre athletes.
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