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.

Applying for athletic support

Athletes must be either enrolled on or have applied for a full or part-time course at Teesside University for the 2018-19 academic year to qualify. If you are eligible, you can apply for our athletic support scheme now.

Simply complete and return the application form. Please note that places are limited and will go to the strongest applicants and are subject to enrolment at Teesside University in September 2018. The deadline for applications is 4.00pm on Friday 5 October 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

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.

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.
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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