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 2023/24

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

Name College Sport
Tarka Abraham Somerville College Equestrian
Michael Allison St Anne's College Athletics
Phoebe Baggott Hertford College Athletics
Charlotte Buckley Oriel College Athletics & Cross Country
Daniel Cox Brasenose College Hockey
Ioan Cressey-Rodgers St Peter's College Swimming
Hannah Davis St John's College Cricket
Matthew Dean Lady Margaret Hall Amputee Football
Zoé Faure Beaulieu St Catherine's College Triathlon & Swimming
Ella Fryer St Catherine's College Athletics
Emma Godden St Cross College Modern Pentathlon
Harry Grindle Linacre College Athletics
Alexander Gruen Keble College Athletics & Cross Country
Amelia Henley Somerville College Squash
Rosemary Huck St John's College Water Polo
Bronwen Hyde University College Fencing
Nani Jackson St Hilda's College Swimming
Laura John Magdalen College Triathlon
Sneha Kotecha St Catherine's College Tennis
Roberto Lacourt University College Boxing
Maranga Mokaya Keble College Athletics
Alex Wilkinson Keble College Rugby Union
Naomi Young Oriel College Equestrian

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 early July each year and closes at the start of September. 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

Applications for the 2024/25 season open on the 17th May, 2024 and close at 23:59 on the 1st September, 2024. Applications can be made via the online form (after the 17th May). Application forms in an Accessible Word Document format are available on request (email

Performance Teams

Selected Teams 2023/24

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

Tier 1

Athletics (Mixed)

Lacrosse (Women's)

Cross Country (Mixed)

Rowing - Openweight (Men's)

Fencing (Mixed)

Rowing - Openweight (Women's)

Hockey (Men's) Rugby Union (Men's)
Hockey (Women's) Rugby Union (Women's)


Tier 2

Badminton (Mixed) Rowing - Lightweight (Men's)
Cycling (Mixed)

Rowing - Lightweight (Women's)

Lacrosse (Men's)

Swimming (Mixed)

Lawn Tennis (Mixed)

Triathlon (Mixed)

Modern Pentathlon (Mixed)

Water Polo (Mixed)

Netball (Women's)

Yachting (Mixed)

Orienteering (Mixed)



Tier 3

American Football (Mixed) Ice Hockey (Men's)
Basketball (Men's) Polo (Mixed)
Basketball (Women's) Rugby League (Mixed)
Boxing (Men's) Squash (Men's)
Boxing (Women's) Squash (Women's)
Equestrian (Mixed) Volleyball (Men's)
Football (Men's) Volleyball (Women's)
Football (Women's)  


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 psychology 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 and consultant specialists. Find out more about the team below: –


Name Job / Role Email
Andy Taylor Head of Sport & Physical Activity
Lydia Smith Sports Coordinator - Competitions
Tiahan Eeles Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Hannah Stoyel Sports Psychologist (Consultant)
Mark Bellamy Sports Psychologist (Consultant)
Dan Richardson Sports Nutritionist (Consultant)
Gareth Nicholas Sports Nutritionist (Consultant)



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