How sport is taking the lead in international recruitment for the UK

The US sport scholarship system has always been seen as the route to education for aspiring student athletes around the world but the UK has emerged as an alternative destination that balances sporting and academic excellence.

Investment in sports has been a priority for UK universities over the last decade as part of enhancing the student experience, with many campuses now routinely boasting multi-million-pound facilities.

In the two years preceding the pandemic, the UK higher education sector had spent over £350m in developing sports facilities and the University of Portsmouth is the latest example, due to open its new £57m Ravelin Sports Centre in 2022 that will feature a swimming pool, climbing wall, ski simulator, sports hall and 175-station fitness suite. 

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