Achieve your potential

Our aim is to help you to get faster, fitter, stronger and realise your potential on-the-court, pitch or in the race. We won’t let you drop the ball on your studies though, as we’re committed to supporting a dual career pathway, where academic and sporting success are equally important. Our team of expert coaching and support staff are on-hand to guide you to future success.

We have developed relationships with a wide range of sporting organisations to deliver performance and participation programmes, which means that we can draw upon additional expertise and resources to support your sporting journey:

  • Basketball England Talent Hub
  • Volleyball England Senior Academy
  • RFU University Partner
  • The FA – Women’s High Performance Centre
  • The LTA University Partners
  • TASS Women’s Super League Academy Delivery Site
  • Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) Dual Career Centre

We also offer sports scholarships to talented athletes, providing coaching and support services, gym memberships and free kit.

Apply now for our sports scholarship programme

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Sports scholarships and bursaries

The University of Essex is committed to supporting and developing high performance athletes. Find out whether you could be eligible for a sports scholarship or bursary, plus a range of additional benefits too when you join the University of Essex.

Explore the full offer
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"Having the chance to be a part of the Essex women's football focus programme was a privilege. The programme gave me the opportunity to better my game through experienced coaching, make new friends, and still be able to focus on my degree. The schedule was sometimes challenging but allowed me to enjoy both football and the university lifestyle. Which was exactly why I came to university."
Jenna Nairn University of Essex Women's 1st Team Captain 2021-2022
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Get in touch
Performance Sport Manager Susy Davies
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873016