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Elite Athlete Scheme

As part of the University of Sunderland’s continued development of services that it can offer elite athletes during their time at university, the Institute of Sport has implemented and grown the Elite Athlete Scheme.

The Scheme is designed to assist students who perform at a high level either in a sporting team or an individual sport, whilst studying at the University of Sunderland. The scheme aims to support students and help them achieve both their academic and sporting potential.

Past scheme members have included everyone from World Champion martial artists, Commonwealth gymnasts, County cricket players, European athletic competitors and Six Nations rugby champions. Visit the Elite Athlete blog for more information on current and past athletes.

Here at the Institute of Sport we recognise the commitment that is required to reach a high level of sport and we are here to help you along the way.

What the scheme provides:

  • Up to £1000 worth of funding and support
  • Sports massage and physiotherapy
  • Marketing and media training
  • Strength and conditioning support
  • Nutrition and lifestyle management
  • Sport Science support
  • 1 to 1 objective sessions
  • Sport psychology assistance
  • Travel and accommodation support
  • CitySpace fitness suite membership

Scheme Eligibility

  • Must participate in a sport recognised by BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport)
  • Applicants must agree to represent the University in their chosen sport
  • Applicants must be on a full time under or postgraduate course at the University of Sunderland for the year they are applying
  • Applicants must have been selected within the last 18 months to compete at the level which they state in their application (Regional/National/International)
  • Previous acceptance on the scheme does not guarantee a space the following year

Conditions of the Scheme

  • Successful applicants to the scheme must have exemplary class attendance and maintain satisfactory academic and sporting progress to retain access to the allocated support
  • It is expected that students entering the scheme will play a full part in sport at the University of Sunderland and represent the university when it is compatible with their training, competition and academic programmes
  • Scheme participants are required to display the highest standards of sporting behaviours at all times as expected in sport generally by the Institute of Sport and abide by the code of conduct

General Information

  • Applicants will be notified via their student email whether or not their application has been successful. Unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to meet with the Elite Athlete Support Officer to discuss their application
  • The application form plays a vital role in the assessment process. It is therefore important that it is completed as fully and clearly as possible. If the application form is deemed by the assessment panel to be incomplete it may not be considered
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application form is submitted on time

How to apply

To apply for the 2019-20 scheme click on apply now below, however if you need any further information or support please contact or call 0191 515 3696.



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