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Elite Athlete Scheme

The University is continuing its development of services that it can offer to elite athletes during their time at the university. As part of this commitment, the Institute of Sport has implemented and grown the Elite Athlete Support Scheme to assist athletes performing at an advanced level whilst studying at University.

The scheme is open to any student studying on an official University of Sunderland course (including those who are enrolled on a University course at a local college).

The scheme is here to assist students with continuing their academia along with their sporting commitments and helping them reach their goals. In return the athletes act as ambassadors for the university.
Past scheme members have included everyone from Olympic rowers, world champion martial artists, commonwealth gymnasts, county cricket players, European athletic competitors, and six nations’ rugby champions.

The university’s CitySpace building was one of the region’s 2012 Olympic training camp venues, this allowed current and potential world performers to meet and train together.

Scheme Eligibility:

  • Participate in a sport recognised by British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). A list detailing these sports can be found at www.bucs.org.uk
  • Applicants to the scheme must agree to represent the University in their chosen sport
  • Applicants must be on a full time under or postgraduate position at the University of Sunderland for the year they are applying for
  • Applicants must have been selected within the last 18 months to compete at the level which they state in their application (regional/national/international)
  • Previous acceptance on the scheme does not guarantee a space for the following year

The above criteria are a guide only and experience at any level is not a guarantee that an application will be successful. An Applicants’ attitude and commitment to University Sport Sunderland is taken into account. All athletes are expected to join the relevant sport team and represent the University in BUCS competitions.

Conditions of the Scheme:

  • Successful applicants to the scheme must have exemplary class attendance and maintain satisfactory academic and sporting progress to retain access to the allocated support
  • It is expected that students entering the scheme will play a full part in sport at the University and represent the University when its compatible with their training, competition and academic programmes
  • Scheme participants are required to display the highest standards of sporting behaviour at all times as expected in sport generally by the Institute of Sport and abide by the code of conduct

Supervision and Progress:

The Elite Athlete Support Officer will be responsible for the coordination of the Elite Athlete Scheme and liaison with participants in conjunction with the Sports Development manager and other relevant personnel regarding their support, training progress as part of the scheme at the University of Sunderland.

Communication between individuals on the scheme and the Elite Athlete Support Officer is essential for the scheme to run smoothly and for the Institute of Sport to be aware of athlete’s performance and progress throughout the year.

Participants will be assessed throughout the year on:

  • Academic progress
  • Participation and results in university competitions and championships
  • Participation and results in own club/open competitions championships
  • Selection for representation teams
  • Commitment, attitude and conduct
  • Contribution to the Elite Athlete Scheme, including the blog site
  • Contribution to the Institute of Sport at the University of Sunderland in general

Those failing to adhere to the conditions of the Scheme may have access to support services withdrawn

General Information:

  • Applicants will be notified via their student email whether or not their application has been successful, unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to meet with the Elite Athlete Support Officer to discuss their application
  • The application form plays a vital role in the assessment process. It is therefore paramount importance that it is completed as fully and clearly as possible. If the application form is deemed by the assessment panel to be incomplete it may not be considered
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application form is submitted on time
  • If you have any questions or require any information in relation to the Elite Athlete Scheme please contact the Institute of Sport on sport@sunderland.ac.uk

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