Universities fight over Tom Daley as end of A level approaches
Plymouth University is going head to head with Exeter University in a bid to woo Olympic dive star Tom Daley to undertake a degree when he finished his A Levels.
Both local universities are understood to have made the Plymouth 18-year-old offers to start degree courses after Tom completes his courses at Plymouth College this summer.
Plymouth is currently investing £4million in a new diver training centre – which could prove attractive to Tom, who is currently starring on ITV’s Splash! on a Saturday night attracting 6.2million viewers.
And while Exeter does not specialise in similar sports degrees, it is a prestigious venue and Tom may be tempted to study media.
Tom is understood to have not yet decided whether to accept either offer – or several other offers made by universities in other parts of the country.
The Plymouth teenager is currently deciding whether to go straight on to university, take a year out or not continue his education.
Whatever he decides, a degree would have to be part-time to fit in with Tom’s intensive dive training as he prepares for future competition – including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Tom is currently studying subjects at A Level including Spanish.