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 online. This will allow you to have access to all the fundamental support. Please be aware that your coach, where in place, or committee may be contacted to ensure that training is coordinated with the club’s individual programme and they agree to you participating in the scheme.

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 (Conditioning) Blues Gym 06:30 – 07:15
Education – Learn to lift Safely Blues Gym 19:00 – 20:00
Strength (Advanced) Blues Gym 20:00 – 22:00
Tuesday
Strength (AA Phase One) Blues Gym 14:00 – 15:00
Wednesday
Circuits (Conditioning) Main Hall 06:00 – 07:00
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 06:00 – 07:30
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 07:30 – 09:00
Pilates Dojo 16:00 – 17:00
Thursday
Functional core/Activation Blues Gym 07:30 – 08:15
Circuits (Conditioning) Blues Gym 08:15 – 09:00
Pool Recovery / Resistance Rosenblatt Pool 14:00 – 15:00
Friday
Strength (AA Phase One) Blues Gym 06:45 – 07:45
Circuits (Conditioning) 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
Functional Core/ Activation Blues Gym 12:00 – 13:00
Sunday
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 15.00 – 16.30
Open Gym Session Blues Gym 16.30 – 17.00

 

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

What does each session mean?

Circuits (Conditioning):

This session will include core fitness exercise to improve your conditioning specifically for your sport. Exercises will work on a variety of attributes including flexibility, core, balance, strength and power and focusing on multiple movement planes.

Learn to Lift Safely:

This session is for athlete’s who have not previously trained in strength and aims to improve technique and confidence to a point where an athlete feels comfortable to train in either an Open Gym Session or Strength AA Phase One.

Strength AA (Anatomical adaptation) Phase One :

The AA phase represents the foundation on which the other phases of training are based. The name of this phase has been specifically selected to illustrate the fact that the main objective of strength training is not an immediate overload, but rather a progressive adaptation of an athlete’s anatomy. Prepare the body for the more challenging program in the following phases of training.

Strength (Advanced):

This phase is for athlete’s who have previously trained in strength. If your ability within Strength AA Phase One or Open Gym Sessions is identified by an instructor then you will be recommended to attend this session.

Functional core/Activation:

These sessions are based considering the scope of the AA phase, exercises are selected to develop the core area of the body as well as the main muscles used in your sport. Exercises that train muscles from multi-angles and planes are also incorporated along with an overall flexibility program and activation exercises.

Open Gym Sessions:

Instructor led sessions working on athlete’s individual programs and individual weaknesses. The open sessions are designed for Blue scheme members to use the gym facility for their individual goals.

Pool Recovery/Resistance:

This session is to restore the balance of tension and mobility into the exercised limbs. Incorporating a series of exercises to effectively reset your body following an intensive training or competitive schedule . Can also be used as a conditioning class depending on each athlete’s workload and work rate.

Pilates:

To improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture.

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 Application form online. 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 online. This will allow you to have access to all the fundamental support.

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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