Performance sport

We are committed to supporting talented student athletes and developing young local athletes to achieve excellence. We provide opportunities for students to develop the practical skills and experience to excel in a career in sport.

Athlete support schemes

We provide detailed and personalised support for motivated elite student athletes towards simultaneous academic and sporting excellence.

A holistic package of support is available to athletes competing in Olympic sports , Paralympic sports or sports that are part of the British University and College Sport ( BUCS ) competitive programme. Support will be available to successful applicants through the established Elite Athlete Scheme or the Student Union Sports Bursary , open to regional, national and international athletes who can contribute positively to Students’ Union sport and/or develop the reputation of Teesside University through international level sports performance. Athletes must be either enrolled on, or have applied for, a full or part-time course at Teesside University for the 2017-18 academic year to qualify.

Your chance to apply:

To apply simply complete the application form . Round 2 of applications are now open and close at 5.00pm on 12 October 2017. Please note that places are limited and will go to the strongest applicants.

Elite athlete scheme

Several high calibre athletes are supported through our elite athlete scheme, which provides access to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise.

The scheme provides a comprehensive support package which is individually tailored to meet the needs of each person. Athletes can access academic and sports science support such as physiological and biomechanical assessment, monitoring of training loads, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and sports psychology support. Financial support is also available to enable greater access to training and competition, where appropriate.

The elite athlete scheme is open to athletes at international level, or with exceptional international potential.

Meet our elite athletes

Elite Athletes

Jade Jones: LLB (Hons) Law

Wheelchair racer Jade Jones competed at the London 2012 Paralympics and won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Jamie-Lee Hayman: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Jamie’s chosen sport is Taekwondo. He has won three British bronze medals and was a member of the England team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ben Quigg: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Ben competes in archery at international level and hopes the elite athlete scheme will help him achieve his goal of making the Great Britain team at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Callum Hall: BA (Hons) Sports Development

Wheelchair racer Callum decided to come to Teesside University after the facilities and support were recommended by his training partner.

Kate Parkin: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Kate has represented Great Britain at water polo and chose Teesside because of the course structure and a positive open day experience.

Ruaridh Cuthbertson: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Rugby league player Ruaridh has competed at the Student World Cup and says Teesside University was highly recommended by previous students.

Rebecca Martin: MA Concept Art for Games and Animation

Rebecca plays American football and won a silver medal representing Great Britain at the Women’s European Championships in Spain.

Harry Tanfield: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Professional Cyclist Harry represents JLT Condor and has competed on the international stage.

Beth Mead: BA (Hons) Sports Development

Teesside University graduate Beth Mead (BA (Hons) Sports Development) has developed through the talent pathway and currently players for Arsenal Ladies in the Women’s super league.


Community engagement

We are proud to support the Tees Valley Future Champions project and the FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence. We provide strength and conditioning and physiotherapy support to these outstanding young athletes.

Future Champions

Future Champions has been designed to support the Tees Valley’s young talented athletes and players participating in regional and national squads. The programme, for 12-18-year-olds, is a partnership between the University and Tees Valley Sport.

Those on the Future Champions programme receive free or subsidised access to local sports facilities, as well as bespoke physiological testing, strength and conditioning advice and training programmes here at the University. A team of postgraduate Sport and Exercise students provide the selected athletes with specialist support and advice.
More about the Future Champions scheme

On video: Teesside Sport - Future Champions project
Talented youngsters benefit from the facilities and expertise on offer at Teesside University.
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FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club

Teesside is the only university in the country to hold the prestigious accolade of FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club (RTC).

As an RTC the region’s top girl footballers have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, coaching expertise and sport science support.

The Club aims to produce female footballers of international calibre and already has a number of junior England players on its books.
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Student volunteer internships

We provide innovative co-curricular internships to help practitioners gain the necessary practical skills employers in performance sport are looking for.

We work closely with the Sport & Exercise and Physiotherapy academic sections to provide students with the opportunity to volunteer within the performance sport programmes. Students have enhanced practical and key transferable skills and are encouraged to apply their academic studies in a real-world setting working alongside experience practitioners.

Alumni who have benefited from these opportunities include Michael Main (head of strength and conditioning at the Sri Lankan Cricket Team), James McCormack (physiotherapist, GB Women’s Basketball) and Louis Cunningham (strength and conditioning coach, Sunderland Football Club).

Internships are dependent upon academic route and subject to an application and interview process. For more information on volunteer internship opportunities contact Matthew Wright at m.wright@tees.ac.uk .