Blues Performance Scheme

The scheme supports Blues athletes at Oxford University to improve their long term performance in sport whilst balancing their academic commitments. This is achieved through a coordinated offer of support which is split into two levels. The fundamentals level is essential for any student athlete who wishes to improve their performance. Teams or individuals can then request additional support should they feel that further provision is needed to improve their performance. Find out how to get involved now.

Education

We deliver workshops designed to improve your knowledge of performance sport and develop personal skills to assist you in improving your performance whilst studying and training. Any registered athlete can attend our free workshops

Conditioning

Conditioning is essential for any student athlete looking to reach their sporting potential. The scheme also uses a ‘prehab’ focus to conditioning to help reduce injuries. Any registered athlete can attend our free weekly classes

Injury Treatment

Alongside the ‘prehab’ focus within conditioning; athletes are offered injury treatment. We aim to get you back training and competing and functioning normally. Any registered athlete can attend subsidised injury treatment

Fundamentals

Additional Support

Individual Support

Individual athletes can get support beyond the fundamentals level. Each support package is tailored to your sport. Support generally involves some elements of fundamentals and some unique elements for your sport

Club Funding

Clubs can apply for funding to support improved performance. Funding can be used towards improved coaching or facility provision, either in terms of access for students or quality of provision where it can be justified

Team Support

Blues teams can get support beyond the fundamentals level. Each support package is tailored to your sport. Support generally involves some elements of fundamentals and some unique elements for your team or sport

getinvolved

How can you get involved?

Register now by submitting an Blues Membership Form in person at the Sports Federation office (Iffley Road Sports Centre) or email a scanned copy to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk. This will allow you to have access to all the fundamental support. Please be aware that for both levels of the programme the club (and coach where in place) must sign to confirm they agree to the athlete participating in the programme. This is to ensure that training is coordinated with the club’s individual programme.

Have a question? Read our FAQs to see if we can answer your question.

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Fundamentals – Conditioning

The following classes take place each week and can be accessed by any registered athlete. The timetable will be adapted throughout the year as athletes develop and to focus conditioning around important competition times. Hover over any session to find out what is involved: –

Monday
Circuits Main Hall 06:00-07:00
Strength (AA Phase One) Blues Gym 17:00-17:45
Indoor Cycle (from 3rd Week) Eton Fives 17:45-18:45
Learn to Lift Safely Blues Gym 18:45-19:45
Strength (Advanced) Blues Gym 20:00-22:00
Wednesday
Circuits Main Hall 06:00-07:00
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 06:30-09:00
Pilates Dojo 16:00-17:00
Thursday
Core Activation Blues Gym 07:30-08:30
Indoor Cycle (from 3rd Week) Eton Fives 08:00-08:45
Pool Recovery (or Resistance) Rosenblatt Pool 14:00-15:00
Friday
Strength (AA Phase One) Blues Gym 07:45-08:45
Saturday
Strength (AA Phase One) Blues Gym 10:00-11:00
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 11.00-12.00
Core Activation Blues Gym 12:00-13:00
Sunday
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 15.00-17.00

 

Once an athlete is registered on the scheme they can sign up for conditioning sessions at reception or by phoning 01865 611476.

education

Fundamentals – Education

Throughout the year our team will deliver workshops designed to improve your knowledge of performance sport and develop personal skills that can assist you to improve your performance whilst studying and competing at Oxford. Education sessions will normally be delivered in the following areas: –

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Psychology
  • Competition preparation
  • Injury prevention – Nutrition
  • Injury treatment

Once individual workshops are organised, this webpage will be updated to include a timetable and you will be able to sign up using www.eventbrite.com.

injury

Fundamentals – Injury Treatment

This is a service offered through the scheme for any registered athlete who has an injury or concerns, whether acute or chronic. Each athlete will be offered an assessment, treatment and a rehabilitation (or prehab) plan. This part of the scheme aims to get athletes back to training for their sport and functioning normally.

Athletes will have to pay for their treatment initially (£35 per treatment) and will then be partially reimbursed (£15 per treatment) at the end of each term providing a reimbursement request for each treatment is submitted.

Once an athlete is registered with the scheme they can book assessments and treatment by contacting our Sports Therapist, Paul Ledger. Paul can be contacted using the following email performance@sport.ox.ac.uk, please include Injury Treatment in the subject line of your email.

additionalsupport

Additional Support – Team or Individual

Additional support can be requested if you feel that your team, or individuals within your specific sport, could benefit from further support beyond the package offered at the fundamentals level.

This level of support is available by application only. Requests can be submitted by completing the Additional Support – Expression of Interest form and submitting in person at the Sports Federation office (Iffley Road Sports Centre) or by emailing a scanned copy to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk. Once an application is submitted you will be asked to meet with a member of the team to discuss your potential additional support package.

Support requested should be specifically beneficial to your sport and as such it is helpful if your requests are endorsed by one or all of your coaches. Only where an external coach is not in place will the endorsement of a captain or committee member be deemed adequate. Some examples of additional sports specific support that could be requested are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list and requests beyond this will be considered providing they are well justified: –

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Injury prevention
  • Pre-season focused training programme
  • Pre-competition focused training programme
  • Tactical analysis
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Athlete or team development

Providing your support package is approved, you will then be allocated a sports specific support coach, who will lead your support package alongside your coach, captains and committee.

clubfunding

Additional Support – Club Funding

Additional support can also be requested in the form of funding for your club, providing that your application can be justified in terms of improving the performance of your Blues athletes. Funding can be requested for additional coaching or facility provision that will impact upon the performance of your Blues team or individual athletes.

It is helpful if your request is endorsed by one or all of your current coaches. Only where an external coach is not in place will the endorsement of a captain or committee member be deemed adequate.

To apply for this additional support complete the Additional Support – Club Funding form and submit in person at the Sports Federation office (Iffley Road Sports Centre) or email a scanned copy to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk. Once your application has been submitted your request will be considered and you will receive an official response within four weeks. Please note that you may be asked to meet with a member of the team to discuss your application further during this time.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

Submit an Athlete Application Form in person at the Sports Federation office (Iffley Road Sports Centre) or email a scanned copy to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk. This will allow you to have access to all the fundamental support. Please be aware that for both levels of the programme the club (and coach where in place) must sign to confirm they agree to the athlete participating in the programme. This is to ensure that training is coordinated with the club’s individual programme.

How can I register for conditioning sessions?

Once you are registered as an athlete, you can sign up for conditioning sessions at reception in Iffley Road Sports Centre or by calling 01865 611476.

How can I register for education sessions?

Education sessions will be released throughout the year. Once you are registered as an athlete, you can find out about upcoming education sessions on our website and sign up is managed through Eventbrite.

How can I claim a reimbursement for injury treatment?

Please ensure you take your ‘BPS Sports Therapy Treatment Record’ with you at the end of your treatment. Providing you are registered as an athlete and submit this form (either in person or to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk) then your reimbursement can be processed.

How can I express an interest in additional support? And what sports specific elements can I request?

Complete the ‘Additional Support – Expression of Interest’ form and emailing to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk. Elements should be specifically beneficial to your sport but for reference normally include nutrition, psychology or strength and conditioning.

I have a question that isn’t listed here. Who do I ask?

Any further questions should be directed to performance@sport.ox.ac.uk.

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