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VUT (VAAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY) SPORT MERIT BURSARIES

This Sport Merit Bursary policy, guidelines, procedures and criteria replaces all the previous policy and or circulars on Sport Bursary.

1. PREAMBLE


Consistent with the Vision and Mission of the Vaal University of Technology, the Sport and Recreation department recognizes the holistic development of student athletes and provides appropriate levels of financial support for students in recognition of their outstanding sporting talents and achievements.




It is committed to helping academically deserving student athletes and those displaying outstanding sporting talents.

In particular, this policy reflects its commitment to financially assit outstanding student athletes, who are elite athletes, to combine their academic and elite sporting aspirations successfully at the highest level.

In support of elite athletes, the Sports & Recreation department collaborates with the Gauteng Sport Academy and other bodies representing elite athletes in various sporting endeavours.

2. DEFINITIONS

Definitions provided elsewhere in this Policy are applicable to the Sport Merit Bursary in its entirety. Terms not expressly defined in the SMB will be interpreted in accordance with the rule of interpretation as provided for by the Interpretation of Vaal University of Technology Statutes or Acts.

“University” means the Vaal University of Technology;
“Student” for the purpose of this policy, it includes all persons admitted for admission or taking courses provided by the University, both full and part-time;
“Student Athletes” means all bona fide students admitted and affiliated to any recognized sport club of the University;
“Student Sport Club” means a sport club composed primarily of members of a registered sport club affiliated with a University Sport and Recreation department;
“Official” includes any person employed by the University performing assigned administrative and or professional staff duties;
“Member of the University Community” includes any person who is a student, University official and or any other person employed by the University;
“University Premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, equipments and other property in the possession of and or owned, used and controlled by the University;
“University sanctioned activity” any activity on or off campus initiated, approved and or supervised by the University;
“SASCOC” means the South African Confederation and Olympic Committee as defined in the Sports and Recreation Act of 1997, as amended;
“Federation” means a national sports association that is recognized as such by SASCOC;
“USSA” means University Student Sports Association as defined recognized by SASCOC;
“NUSA” means National University Sports Association as defined and recognized by USSA;
“Region” means the Region within the Province as defined by the Provincial Government;
“Province” means the jurisdictional are of the Provincial Government of South Africa.

3. EQUALITY

Our aim is to encourage applications from candidates with as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible. This enriches our student community and is vital in preparing our student athletes for corporate world.

The Sport Merit Bursary is available in order to make it possible for as many as possible who meet the University’s admission criteria.

The Sport and Recreation department is committed to equal treatment for all student athletes, irrespective of candidate’s race, gender, religion, ethnicity and social standing.

4. SCOPE, LIMITATION and APPLICATION OF SMB

The Sport Merit Bursary applied to all bona fide student athletes and members of sport clubs, Executive, Technical staff and to nominated or selected students to represent the University in/at any level of participation.

Student athletes and sport clubs are also subjected to the following rules:

  • Rules adopted by the University to govern the control of vehicles and other modes of transportation on University property, to and from University premises;

  • Rules relating to student classroom conduct, academic dishonesty, academic eligibility, performance and evaluation;

  • Rules governing the maintenance of public good order, student housing, student athletes, the use of University communication and computing resources;

  • Such any other rules as many be adopted by the University in furtherance of the University and academic goals


5. SPORT MERIT BURSARY CONDITIONS

The Sport Merit Bursary will ONLY be paid out subject to the following conditions:

  1. Only original forms will be accepted.

  2. You must produce a valid Grade 12 Certificate and or year-end/semester results if you are already a student at the University.

  3. You must ensure that you have actually been accepted and registered for your under-graduate course of study at the University.

  4. You must register for at least four or more per semester and or year.

  5. You must pass at least 50% of your subject to apply for a sport merit  for the next coming year.

  6. The bursary is only for the current year and should not used to settle any outstanding amounts

  7. Bursary holders will be monitored and evaluated by their relevant Sport officials and coaches.

  8. In an event whereby the candidate/student acquires another bursary and or sponsorship from another sponsor whilst holding the Sport Merit Bursary, he or she must declare and inform the Sport and Recreation of such double-dipping. The department shall determine whether to continue/discontinue the awarding of Sport Merit Bursary.

  9. The Sport Merit Bursary must not be construed as payments for the athletic service rendered by the student athletes and under no circumstances shall the bursary be paid out, once completed your studies.


6. SHORT TITLE and COMMENCEMENT

This Policy shall be known as the Sport Merit Bursary Policy and shall come into effect immediately the University Council has approved.

Any deviation from this Policy must be approved by the Executive Director Student Support Services.

6. SPECIAL NEEDS

The Sports and Recreation department does not discriminate in any way regarding applications. We welcome student athletes with special needs and or physical disabilities provided that our infrastructure can accommodate and cope with them.

7. POLICY PRIORITY TARGET


The identification of target groups reflects the needs of certain categories of student body. These groups will be given particular prominence within the University student community.

8. CRITERIA FOR AWARDING SPORT MERIT BURSARY

Our Sport Merit Bursary is designed to make it possible for as many elite athletes as possible of those who meet our University entry criteria. The bursary are means-tested in accordance with the criteria stipulated in the application forms.

The level of bursary award varies according to the level of selection and or representation of the University and level of participation, i.e regional, provincial, national and or international.

8.1 CATEGORIES:

A. Representation on National and or International level


B. Representation on the South African Junior championships or SASSU - teams


C. SA and/or SASSU provincial representation


Any sport bursary will be reviewed according to training, progress and performance annually.

The sport listed under priority sporting codes or secondary sporting codes may change from year to year according to:

(a)          The number of participants, and/or the availability of coaches

(b)          Student demand

(c)          Level of success and achievements.

(d)          Level or strength of league participation.

5.2 ALLOCATION OF FUNDS

CATEGORIES:        A         B         C   


All allocations must be assessed upon individual performance, academic success, dedication to training, loyalty to the university, attitude and commitment.   Bursary amounts may be reduced to less than the categories of allocation depending on sufficient and/or available funding.  Candidates should apply, (with all requirements needed) on the set application form before the end of September each year.  The funds will be allocated at the earliest date, in time, for registration purposes.

PRIORITY SPORTING CODES

The following are currently regarded as the priority sporting codes at the University.

  • Athletics

  • Basketball

  • Cricket

  • Football

  • Volleyball


The following are presently regarded as secondary sporting codes at the University.

  • Rugby

  • Netball

  • Hockey

  • Bodybuilding

  • Softball

  • Tennis

  • Aerobics

  • Table tennis

  • Karate

  • Chess

  • Dancing

  • Judo


Enquiries

Sports Academy

Vaal University of Technology

Private Bag X021

Vanderbijlpark 1900

Tel: (016) 950-9917

Fax: (016) 950- 9763

For more information visit VUT


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