Blues Performance Scheme

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The Blues Performance Scheme supports high performance teams and individual athletes at Oxford University to improve their long term performance in sport whilst balancing their academic commitments. To find out more about the specific support for teams and individuals please use the tabs below.

Performance Athletes

Selected Athletes 2021/22

The following individuals were selected as part of the performance programme. Click on their name to visit their athlete profile: –

Name College Sport
Fin Armstrong Worcester College Sailing
Phoebe Baggott Hertford College Athletics
Joshua Bowesman-Jones Keble College Rowing
Harriet Castle St Anne's Karate
Yvonne Chart Linacre College Fencing
Nicholas Civetta Wolfson College Rugby Union
Felix Drinkall Lady Margaret Hall Rowing
Alice Garner St Hugh's College Cross Country
Zéphyr Goriely St Peter's College Volleyball
Megan Isaac Exeter College Rugby Union
Laura John Magdalen College Triathlon
Manon Johnes St Catherine's College Rugby Union
Alexa Kaminski St Anne's College Volleyball
(Stelios) Alex Koukouravas Linacre College Basketball
Izzy Marshall New College Tennis
Polly Maton Lady Margaret Hall Athletics
Maranga Mokaya Keble College Athletics
Annika Möslein University College Sailing
Katelyn Ridgway Worcester College Cross Country
Tobias Schroder Magdalen College Rowing
Amelia Standing St Anne's College Rowing
Tassilo von Mueller Hertford College Rowing
Jake Watson Brasenose College Athletics
Tanya Watson St Peter's College Diving
Miles Weatherseed St Anne's College Athletics
Andrew Wilson St Edmund Hall Swimming

Support Offered

All selected performance athletes will receive the following support: -

  • Weekly strength and conditioning training (small groups or 1-to-1)
  • 1-to-1 sports nutrition sessions
  • 1-to-1 sports psychology sessions
  • Recognition as a performance athlete and promotion of success
  • Access to fundamental support

The following sport scholarships and funding are also available to a limited amount of successful applicants:

  • Richard and Eliza Blackwell Scholarships - £500

Application Process

The application window opens in mid-August each year and closes in mid-October. All applications should be made online and once performance athletes have been selected there will be no further places available for the academic year. All applicants must meet the following requirement to be considerer for support: -

Athlete Requirements

  • Applicants must be a current University of Oxford offer holder or undergraduate or postgraduate student, undergoing full-time or part-time study
  • Applicants must be able to show evidence of outstanding ability within their chosen sport
  • Applicants must provide a supporting statement from their coach or National Governing Body to confirm the details of their application
  • Applicants must contribute to the success of Oxford University in both BUCS and Varsity competitions. This can be achieved either through competing or adding value to your specific sports program
  • Selected athletes must represent Oxford University Sport and the performance scheme to the highest standard at local, national or international competitions
  • Selected athletes must keep communications with coaching and other support staff open and inform staff if they are unable to attend allocated sessions
  • Selected athletes must provide regular updates on results from competitions or sport specific selections

How to Apply

New applications for 21/22 will be accepted from the 10th August via the application form.


Performance Teams

Selected Teams 2021/22

The following teams were selected as part of the performance teams programme: –

American Football (Mixed) Lawn Tennis (Men’s and Women’s)
Athletics (Men's and Women's) Modern Pentathlon (Mixed)*
Badminton (Mixed) Netball (Women’s)*
Baseball (Mixed)* Orienteering (Mixed)
Boxing (Men's and Women’s) Rowing - Lightweight (Men's and Women's)
Cricket (Women's)* Rowing - Openweight (Women's)
Cross Country (Mixed) Rugby League (Men’s)
Cycling (Mixed) Rugby Union (Men's and Women’s)
Equestrian (Mixed) Squash (Men's and Women’s)
Fencing (Men's and Women's) Swimming (Mixed)*
Football (Men’s and Women’s) Triathlon (Mixed)
Hockey (Men's* and Women's) Volleyball (Men’s)*
Ice Hockey (Men's) Water Polo (Men’s* and Women’s)
Judo (Men's and Women's) Yachting (Mixed)*
Lacrosse (Men's and Women's)  


*These teams are not receiving all areas of support.

Support Offered

Performance teams, once selected, will be contacted via team captains to arrange the following support: –

  • Weekly strength and conditioning sessions
  • Team nutrition session(s)
  • Team sports pscychology session(s)
  • Recognition as a performance team and promotion of success
  • Access to fundamental support

Application Process

To find out about the application process to become a performance team, visit our club support pages using the link below. Please note to access our club support resources you must have a single sign on username and password from the University of Oxford.



Our Support Staff

The Blues Performance Scheme is delivered by a team of Oxford University Sport staff, consultant coaches, consultant specialists and the injury treatment team from the Bodymaster Clinic at Iffley Road Sports Centre. Find out more about the team below: –


Name Job / Role Email
Andy Taylor Sports Services Manager
Lydia Smith Sports Coordinator - Competitions
Tiahan Eeles Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Duncan Bennett Strength and Conditioning Coach
Serena MacLeod Sports Psychologist (Consultant)
Mark Bellamy Sports Psychologist (Consultant)
Helen Money Sports Nutritionist (Consultant)
Frances Carroll Sports Nutritionist (Consultant)