A cooperation agreement between SSE and Sport Campus Sweden (SCS) enable top young athletes to combine their sport career with their studies. This is part of SSE’s ambition to show that it is possible to combine academic studies with other special interests.
Hana Antunovic, Frida Persson and Matilda Söderlund, are three of SSE’s students who manage to combine their studies at SSE with their sports careers.
SCS is an organisation that support students who simultaneously focus on professional sports and university studies. Through cooperation with municipalities, athletic associations, universities, sponsors, coaches, etc., SCS provides support to athletes heading for medals and a degree.
Martin Carlsson-Wall, Assistant Professor at the Department of Accounting is one of the initiators of the cooperation. He is also SCS contact person at SSE.
"Sport Campus Sweden is a very professional organization, so as faculty, I am glad that we can offer our students this support. You can say that SCS, similar to the Swedish Olympic Committee, offers support to talented athletes. Each year, SCS athletes win medals at world championships and compete at the very top international level," says Martin Carlsson-Wall.
"It is useful and important to have a contact person at the school with whom I can talk about upcoming exams, mandatory classes, competitions and camps", says Hana Antunovic, who competes in karate for Shiai FF.
"The cooperation between SCS and SSE creates understanding for both parties and allows me to combine my studies with my sports career", adds Matilda Söderlund, who competes for Solna Climbing Club.
Anna, Frida and Matilda agree that setting goals, taking on challenges and performing under pressure are some of the most important characteristics you need to have as an athlete; qualities that are also very valuable if you want to be successful with your studies.
Between five and ten percent of those who apply to our BSc courses in the autumn are admitted to SSE through a special merits admission program. Outstanding achievements in technology, sports, humanities, arts, music, leadership or entrepreneurship are considered as such merits. They should have been completed in parallel with, or immediately adjacent to secondary education and performed at a very high level. Athletes should for example have been active in sports and competed at top levels.
For Hana, this special merits admission program made SSE a very attractive choice.