About Sky Sports Scholarships

  1. Ellen Keane has been making waves since the 208 Beijing Games as a 13-year-old
    Image: Swimmer Ellen Keane became Ireland's youngest Paralympian at the 2008 Beijing Games aged 13
  2. Joe Fraser has been inspired by former Scholar Sam Oldham
    Image: Joe Fraser was crowned British National Champion in the All-Around in 2017
  3. Imani Lansiquot has been ripping up the track since she was a junior
    Image: Imani Lansiquot is the second fastest British teenager in history over 100m
  4. Francesca Summers has big ambitions in and out of her arena
    Image: Francesca Summers is a modern pentathlon superstar and won silver at the 2014 Youth Olympics
  5. Freya Anderson is a rising star of the pool
    Image: Freya Anderson stormed to her first senior British title in the 100m Freestyle in April 2017
  6. Marta Bassino has been revealed as the 12th Sky Sports Scholar
    Image: Italian alpine skier Marta Bassino is making great strides on the World Cup circuit and is dreaming of Olympic medals
  7. Molly Thompson-Smith is going up in the world
    Image: Molly Thompson-Smith's world ranking in indoor climbing has never been outside the top 10 at junior level
  8. Daniel Altmaier
    Image: Daniel Altmaier is from Germany and is a rising star on the tennis ATP circuit
  9. Max Litchfield just missed out on a medal at the Rio Games
    Image: Swimmer Max Litchfield narrowly missed out on the podium after making the 400IM final at the Rio Games
  10. Emily Appleton is driven to star at the Grand Slams
    Image: Emily Appleton is one of the Sky Sport Scholars looking for big success in the tennis arena (click through for the other Scholars)
  11. Andrew Pozzi: Looking to shine as a new Scholar
    Image: Hurdler Andrew Pozzi i back in great shape after struggling with fitness after London 2012
  12. Samantha Kinghorn has big plans to make the headlines in Tokyo
    Image: Wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn made the finals in the 100 200 and 800m at the 2016 Olympics

Sky is committed to the development of sport at all levels, and with Sky Sports Scholarships we're helping 12 of Europe's most exciting young athletes fulfil their potential on the international stage.

The Sky Sports Scholarship program is back with 10 new athletes from UK and Ireland, plus a rising tennis star from Germany and an Italian skier benefiting from funding and developmental support.

The Scholarship, which has already helped over 20 athletes, provides the Scholars with a unique level of support through their relationship with Sky as they develop their careers.

The programme runs from 2017-2020 and offers benefits such as financial aid, both a sporting and business executive mentor, media training, personal development and work experience.

The Scholarship programme has also opened its doors to athletes from a wider range of sports and for the first time includes Scholars specialising in tennis, modern pentathlon and climbing.

Each of the Scholars has a different and exciting story, and Sky will closely support them as they take the next steps on their journey.

The Scholars are:

Full athlete profiles on the Scholarship website

The scheme will also be awarding further Scholarships to European athletes from Italy and Austria.

Tony Lester (Head of Sky Sports Scholars) added: "This is a fascinating group of young athletes and future sporting success stories, and it's a real privilege to be able to impact on their careers at such a crucial time.

"Sky has supported more than 20 athletes over the past six years, and we've been able to help them reach even higher in their goals.

"This time it will be an even stronger bond that we form to help them not only in their sport, but as they get perspective on the huge opportunities in front of them."

The Scholars are following the footsteps of alumni such as: Katie Taylor (boxer), Siobhan-Marie O'Connor (swimmer) and gymnast Louis Smith, as well as Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen and speed skater Elise Christie (Speed Skating).

Katie Taylor (former Scholar and now professional boxer) said: "Sky has been a tremendous support throughout my career, it began with the Scholarship programme supporting me on my journey to an Olympic gold medal in 2012.

"It is amazing to see how far it has come since I was a scholar and how Sky are able to use all their tools to help and propel young athletes. I wish all of the new scholars the best of luck and know they will enjoy being part of the Sky family."