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Performance sport

If you’re a high performing athlete, UWE Bristol offers exceptional opportunities and support for you through the UWE High Performance Athlete Group.

About the UWE High Performance Athlete Group

The UWE High Performance Athlete Group is a specialist scheme which supports top performing athletes whose sport fits within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) framework. With a range of bursaries and a team of dedicated sports performance staff to support you along the way, you can rest assured knowing you have come to the right place.

Benefits of the scheme

  • Various levels of sports bursaries offering financial support for accommodation and tuition fees.
  • Free access to physio and massage therapy services.
  • Tailored nutritional advice.
  • Video analysis.
  • One-on-one, strength and conditioning training to improve your fitness.

How the scheme works

The UWE High Performance Athlete Group has two distinct pathways to support athletes taking part in partner and non-partner sports.

Partner sports

Athletes in the following partner sports will be supported through managed partnerships with clubs:

International students

In addition to UWE High Performance, International students can also apply for the Excellence in Sport Scholarship, part of the UWE Scholarship Programme.

Non-partner sports

Athletes not competing in a partner club sport, but are part of the BUCS framework are also eligible for support through the UWE High Performance scheme. See the full list of sports available on the BUCS website.

Athletes in this category are typically individual sport performers, who have a high probability of earning points or achieving a podium finish in a BUCS championship. Applications are judged by a panel according to a number of criteria. Please see UWE High Performance (formerly EliteUWE) for non-partner sports for further information. Rory Kavanagh is one of our current elite athletes.

How to apply

As soon as you are considering studying at UWE Bristol, register your interest in the UWE High Performance Athlete Group and bursaries by completing the scholarship application form.

Once the form has been reviewed by us, you may be either accepted onto the programme or asked to attend an interview with UWE Bristol or a partner club.

Please note:

  • Funding is at the discretion of the Centre for Sport and its external partners, and is subject to individual contracts and service level agreements.
  • We do not currently provide bursary funding to athletes in equestrian related sports.

Further information

If you have any questions about the UWE High Performance scheme, please contact us.

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