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. We support these teams where we see fit with an additional coaching budget, an S&C programme delivered from our new Vine Court suite with our S&C Coach and also grant access to a range of support from our Sport Liverpool partners including physiotherapy and psychology.

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, three clubs and four separate 1st teams have been selected for 2019-2020 as we look to improve our BUCS ranking by placing higher in leagues and challenging for Trophy titles.

Selected Performance Teams

The successful teams for 2019-20 are:

Water Polo Squad 

A consistant club in terms of results over the last few years 17/18 saw a few results go against them, and in 18/19 they set out to reach the top of 1A again. After a committed year to S&C and training the men's 1st team finished second in 1A, and reached the quarter finals of the National Trophy competition. The women also reached the quarter finals, and finished third in the table. Both teams have set out goals to win 1A and will be dedicated to reaching those goals.  

Fencing Squad

Both the men and women's first team are used to success over previous years and whilst this season didn't produce as many wins as usual both teams finished in respectable positions. The women's team remain in the premier league for 19/20, wit the men's 1st team competing in 1A. A big year ahead of them as they will need to transistion after losing some key players.

Badminton Squad

A new squad to the programme for 19/20 the badminton club have achieved huge success in recent years. The women went all season unbeaten in 1A to win it, and achieved top team at the annual awards. The men's side produced similar results losing only one game in 2A, to achieve promotion to 1A. Both sides will work hard next season to cement their position within the performance programme. 

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 

With the help of their coach (Sport Liverpool's coach of the year in 17/18) England Hockey Performance Coach Phil Capper the women's hockey 1st team have grasped the opportunity of being a performance team and have showed consistant results in 1A. 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 stepped up their application to strength and conditioning as well as performances on the pitch, and battled until the final game of the season where they unfortunately lost out to finish second in 1A again. With the winners being promoted the team will look to go one better in 19/20. Please get in touch for details of preseason if you are a talented rugby player.

Golf 1st team

A new team to the programme for 19/20 following a league and cofnerence cup double last season, the first team will be looking to drive forward this season and achieve a top three finish in a competitive 1A league. The club are extremely fortunate to golf from the prestigeous Royal Liverpool golf club in Hoylake, and this has helped attract top golfers to the university over the past few years.  

If you require any further information about our Performance Team Programme please get in touch with Danielle Farrell: dfarrell@liverpool.ac.uk or 01517944335