Performance Sport

Here at Northumbria University, we are committed to raising the bar and helping you realise your ambitions as a performance athlete.

Given the fantastic facilities and support we offer, we're confident that you'll find everything you need to reach the next level right here. We recognise that juggling University life and high level sport isn't easy and we're here to help you achieve the perfect balance. The support we provide ensures that you can get the most out your sport, study and life as a student.

All of the University’s sports teams and individual student athletes compete as valued members of Team Northumbria. As a Team Northumbria athlete you’ll gain access to an unrivalled package of sporting and academic support.

High Performance Squads

Team Northumbria has an athlete centred philosophy, offering performance sport students a unique package of support tailored to meet an athlete’s specific needs.

As a Performance Athlete you'll receive a world-class support package, designed to foster your development and help you achieve your full potential.

  • Team Northumbria have carefully selected a number of teams to be part of their High Performance programme.
  • These sports have been selected to receive additional support in order for the teams to perform in the competitive sporting landscape.
  • A number of key factors will be considered; the team’s performance history, position in the BUCS or National League, whether the team has a training environment and programme that reflects a performance programme, the percentage of athletes currently part of an NGB pathway.
  • All students that secure a place on a High Performance Squad (HPS) will receive a squad based package of support services.

The package of support includes;

  • 2-3 weekly squad based strength & conditioning sessions

  • Access to physiotherapy (at training & matches)

  • Squad based Performance Analysis

  • Free sports membership (£260)

  • Team and individual sports psychology  

  • Squad based education workshops (Recovery, Nutrition, Anti-doping)

  • Athlete kit package 

HPS Student Athlete Scholars

  • Athletes who are part of a HPS can apply for additional support.
  • These students should meet the criteria set out by the Head Coach and Performance Manager.
  • Athletes awarded a HPS Student Athlete Scholarship will receive financial support ranging from £250 to full fee scholarships, as well as extra physiotherapy provision.
  • All other services offered will be squad based. 

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All Team Northumbria Clubs

If you're competing for Team Northumbria in a non-high performance sport, there is still a wide range of support available to help you reach your full potential.

  • Team Northumbria is the competitive arm for University sport, therefore entry to all clubs is granted on a trial basis.
  • On an annual basis each club will run a schedule of trials for new and returning students who would like to represent the University in the British University and College Sport League (BUCS).
  • Athletes who are successful in gaining a place in a Team Northumbria Club will need a valid Team Northumbria membership in order to compete.

In addition to the benefits granted as part of the athletes’ gym membership athletes will receive;

  • Weekly high quality coaching
  • Weekly squad based strength & conditioning
  • Discounted rate physiotherapy
  • Access to athlete education workshops 

Northumbria Sport work in partnership with UKAD (UK Anti-Doping) to promote clean sport.

UKAD protects the right to participate in clean sport.

UKAD is the national organisation dedicated to protecting a culture of clean sport. Every day, we are raising awareness of the issues through our extensive education and smart testing programme. We help athletes to understand and follow the rules, and prosecute offenders.

Ultimately, we are working for everyone who loves sport – whether competing, training or spectating. Together, we’re creating an environment where all athletes know they can compete in the true spirit of sport.


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