As an official partner with the RFU, players at Essex benefit from our first-class facilities on offer here at our Colchester Campus, where we can ensure you maximise your potential both on and off the pitch. 

Developing and progressing our Rugby athletes and students is key to our aims, and we have achieved great success as our programme grows. Some of our opportunities and accolades include our international trip to the Dubai 7s, competing in the BUCS Trophy and finishing as Quarter-Finalists, Middlesex 7s Winners, Barking 7s Winners.

Many of our rugby students play for a range of different professional teams and some have even been selected for England 7s.

The rugby programme

Our individual sport scholarship packages can include the following services

  • Performance Coaching
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaching
  • Performance Analysis
  • Use of the onsite Sports Therapy Clinic
  • Access to on-site accommodation
  • Allocated lifestyle advisor
  • Comprehensive workshop programme
  • Complimentary Gym
  • Membership Timetabled individual/small group workouts

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, the University of Essex and national governing bodies of sport. We work together to bring the best out of our country’s most exciting young talent.

TASS helps athletes – aged 16-plus – to balance sport within the rest of their lives, be they in education, training or another form of personal development.

The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme recognises an education institution’s commitment to dual career support for talented athletes who are in full time education. The Dual Career Accreditation Scheme acknowledges an enhanced level of academic flexibility and understanding within an institution, allowing talented athletes to balance their studies with a hectic sporting schedule.

University of Essex Women's Rugby Team against University of East Anglia on Derby Day
University of Essex Women's Rugby Team against University of East Anglia on Derby Day
University of Essex Mens Rugby Team in a scrum with the University of East Anglia on Derby Day
University of Essex Mens Rugby Team in a scrum with the University of East Anglia on Derby Day