Elite athlete Scheme

The Elite Athlete scheme supports the best student-athletes competing at a junior, under 21 or senior regional, national and international level. Successful applicants will need to be part of a Sport England recognised National Governing Body (NGB) and British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) recognised sport, performance pathway.

The scheme provides the flexibility together with the assistance and support you need to combine your studies, training and competition commitments 

The scheme is available 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.

Athletes selected for the scheme receive:

  • Sports and fitness centre membership 
  • Strength and conditioning training
  • Physiotherapy at the leading injury rehab provider The Physiotherapy Centre
  • Sports Psychology
  • Nutrition workshops
  • Careers and employability support
  • BUCS travel and accommodation aid
  • Ongoing support from our sports development team.

In addition, those competing at the top level will receive a cash contribution to aid them with their equipment and travel costs. 

All athletes accepted onto the scheme will be expected to compete for and act as performance champions for the University of Liverpool in BUCS competition (unless contracted).  

Each applicant should complete an application form below from 1 June 2022 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.

Apply for the scheme

Apply online now for the upcoming academic year. 

Prospective students can make enquiries to athlete@liverpool.ac.uk.

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