Performance Team Programme

Sport Liverpool grant a number of our first teams with Performance Team status and these teams are used to fly the flag for The University of Liverpool in regards to sporting excellence.

Teams should be competing in BUCS leagues 1A or higher, have an exemplary disciplinary record and have squad members committed to competing within an elite sporting set up. Each member signs a code of conduct and coaches work with the Sport Development Officer for Performance to ensure consistency in training and match attendance.

After receiving joint applications from 1st teams within the same club, two clubs and four separate 1st teams have been selected for 2018-2019 as we look to improve our BUCS ranking by placing higher in leagues and challenging for Trophy titles.

In addition to the provision each club already get, we will support these teams where we see fit with an additional coaching budget, a strength and conditioning programme delivered from our new Vine Court suite with our Strength & Conditioning Coach and also granting access to a range of support from our Sport Liverpool partners including physiotherapy and psychology. This help is provided to maximise the team’s sporting potential.

Selected Performance Teams

The successful teams for 2018-19 are:

Water Polo Squad 

Being extremely worthy winners of both club of the year and coach of the year at the end of the 16/17 season, both men and women had an incredible season, with both winning 1A and reaching the latter stages of the Trophy competition (men lost in a penalty shootout in the semi-final) Unfortunately 17/18 saw a few results go against them, and they will be working hard to reach the top of 1A again in 18/19. 

Fencing Squad

A fantastic season in 17/18 saw the women finish in third place in their first season in the premier league, only losing 3 league games. The men's team rivalled this success, and didn't lose a 1A league game all season, but unfortunately missed out on promotion through playoffs. The men's team will be looking to go one better next season and join the women in the premier league. 

Netball 1st team 

A consistent team in the top of 1A over the past number of years, the 17/18 season was tough for the team due to a number of long term injuries. With a number of players involved in super leagues teams or development teams the standard in the first team will continue to be high next season.

Riding 1st team 

Another consistent team in BUCS Championship and Trophy finals, the 1st team will be working hard in 18/19 to reach the finals once again and reclaim their title. With a strong second team appearing in the Trophy finals, and finishing 3rd last season after back to back wins the club has the strength and depth to perform well across all leagues. 

Women’s Hockey 1st team 

A new team to the performance programme last year, the team just missed out on winning 1A, finishing in second place, two points behind the eventual winner. With the help of their coach (Sport Liverpool's coach of the year in 17/18) England Hockey Performance Coach Phil Capper they will look to do one better in 18/19. Their Saturday team competes in North hockey league North West Division, giving players a chance to play more competitive games. 

Men's Rugby Union 1st team

A new addition to the programme for 18/19, men's rugby 1st team stepped it up last year and finished a very respectable second place in 1A. With a new head coach coming on board for the 18/19 season the squad will step up their application to strength and conditioning as well as performances on the pitch, as they go in search of promotion from 1A. 


If you require any further information about our Performance Team Programme please get in touch with Danielle Farrell: or 01517944126