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Train smarter not harder

At Essex Sport we strive to provide innovative, athlete-centred programmes in our focus sports; Volleyball, Basketball and Rugby sevens.

And we offer sports scholarships to ultra-talented athletes, providing coaching and support services, plus a free kit.

Not only that, but our cutting-edge sports science testing, via the University, is delivered through a team in our very own Human Performance Unit. With our world-class facilities, we’ve got your back.

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Focus teams

In September 2019, the University launched Project 25, a University-wide strategy to achieve a top 25 overall position in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).

In partnership with the Students Union, the new focus teams will have access to coaching, S&C coaching, equipment, playing and leisure kit, as well as sports bursaries for undergraduate students and one postgraduate fee-waiver per team.

Focus teams from September 2019

  • Netball 
  • Tennis; men and women
  • Women’s football

Focus teams from September 2020

  • Lacrosse; men and women
  • Men’s football
  • Men’s rugby union


Focus sports


One of five Volleyball England Senior Academies, our coaching is led by former Great Britain team captain, Alex Porter.


One of four Basketball England Talented Athlete Universities, our coaching is led by Tom Sadler.

Rugby sevens

An England Rugby Partner University, our coaching is led by former England 7s player, James Brooks.
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Sports scholarships and bursaries 

Sports scholarships

We offer sports scholarships to talented athletes in our focus sports providing coaching and support services, and free kit and use of facilities worth in excess of £1000.

An adapted scholarship package may be available to exceptional individual athletes outside these sports. Our package includes:

  • quality coach support
  • strength and conditioning coach support
  • physiotherapist conditioning screening
  • double bed, accommodation 100m from training venue
  • allocated lifestyle advisor
  • flexible academic provision (extended study, adapted exam times)

Additionally, we offer sports bursaries for undergraduate students worth up to £3000 per year, for dual-career athletes looking to combine their education with a route to playing professional sport upon graduation. We also offer a small number of fee waivers and fee reductions to post-graduate students who have already competed at the highest level.

We are also an accredited Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) centre, able to offer an annual package of support and funding worth £2750 for athletes nominated by their National Governing Body in around 25 sports.

How to apply

Please complete this application form (.pdf) and return it to:

Sport Centre
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Tel. 01206 873016

Or by email to

Sports scholarship plus 

Our sports scholarships plus package includes access to over £500 worth of additional services:

  • additional physiological testing and monitoring
  • additional physiotherapy access
  • access to medical support

Sports bursaries

We also offer a range of Sports Bursaries. Our Sports Bursaries are cash awards, paid on a termly basis dependent on adherence to sporting and academic targets following a review. Bursaries are available in three tiers:

  • tier 3 athletes up to £500 per year
  • tier 2 athletes £501 - £1500 per year
  • tier 1 athletes £1501 - £3000 per year

Human Performance Unit

Check out our cutting edge sports science testing and monitoring delivered via our team in-house at the Human Performance Unit

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Get in touch
Performance Sport Manager Susy Davies
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873016