Elite Athlete Scheme

The Elite Athlete scheme at Sport Liverpool is designed to support and help the very best student athletes in any sporting discipline who are competing at a Junior, Under 21 or Senior regional, national and international level balance an academic and sporting career. Successful applicants will need to be part of a Sport England recognised National Governing Body (NGB) (and BUCS recognised sport) Performance Pathway. 

We are keen to provide a holistic approach which centres around the individual and we hope the scheme helps to nurture athletes to achieve in and out of their sport. Our aim is equip all dual career athletes with the necessary tools and services so they feel supported with whatever happens throughout their academic journey. 

The scheme provides the flexibility (See flexible study policy in the side bar), assistance and support you need to combine your studies with training and competition commitments at the highest levels of sport and is open to both home and international students. 

To gain a place you will need to demonstrate the ability and ambition to compete at a high level and satisfy the academic entry requirements for your course (these are not reduced for elite athletes, nor are tuition fees covered for successful applicants). You will need to provide a reference from a Coach or an NGB official.

All athletes selected for the scheme will receive the following services:

Sports and fitness centre membership 

Strength and conditioning training with our S&C coach

Physiotherapy at the leading injuy rehab provider The Physiotherapy Centre

Sports Psychology

Nutrition workshops

Careers & Employability support

BUCS travel and accommodation aid

Ongoing support from our Sport Development team and SDO (Performance) Danielle Farrell

In addition, those competing at the top level particularly with a need to travel to camps, competitions and on international duty will receive a cash contribution to aid them with their equipment and travel costs. 

All athletes accepted on to the scheme will be expected to compete for the University of Liverpool in BUCS competition (unless contracted), and will be expected to act as Performance Champions of the University of Liverpool.  

  • Each applicant should complete an application form in the link below from the 1st of June which must be supported by a reference from a head coach or NGB representative. For continued or increased support during future years of study athletes must be able to demonstrate continual progression.
  • Students who participate in a team sport may have to undergo a player assessment at the beginning of term.
  • An Elite Athlete Support Scheme Panel made up of the Director of Sport, SD Manager and the SDO for Performance will review all applications. Final decisions will be made by the 1st of October each year.
  • All awards will be reviewed at the end of each semester and those failing to honour the conditions of the awards will be removed from the programme.

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed.

Performance Athlete Grant Scheme

A dedicated amount of money will be available throughout the year should a student not on our elite scheme be selected or invited to representative trials to assist in travel and accommodation costs. An application for the amount needed should be made to the Sport Development Officer for Performance, Danielle Farrell. Please note that the maximum award granted is £300.

Further information

Any prospective students can make enquiries to athlete@liverpool.ac.uk.

For current students wanting more information please contact the SDO for Performance: Danielle Farrell on dfarrell@liverpool.ac.uk or 0151 794 4335.