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.


Selected Athletes 2019/20

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

Name College Sport
Alexander Gruen Balliol College Athletics
Alexandra Drewe Somerville College Lacrosse
Aliya Itzkowitz St Anne's College Fencing
Babar Haq St Peter's College Golf
Cecilie Andersen Magdalen College Orienteering
Charlotte Dannatt St John's College Athletics
Eleanor Bolton Keble College Athletics
Eoghan Totten Hertford College Athletics
Felix Drinkall Lady Margaret Hall Rowing
Grace Molloy St John's College Orienteering
Isaac Kitchen Smith Linacre College Athletics
Isaac Hudd The Queen's College Orienteering
Isabelle Scott St John's College Athletics
Jude Bright-Davies Lincoln College Athletics
Laura Neill Merton College Squash
Magnus Gregory Lady Margaret Hall Canoe Sprint
Marcus Pegg Trinity College Floorball
Philippa Warman Linacre College Badminton
Polly Maton Lady Margaret Hall Athletics
Priyal Bunwaree Hertford College Table Tennis
Rebecca Bell Pembroke College Equestrian
Thomas Lees Christ Church Modern Pentathlon
Tobermory Mackay-Champion University College Swimming
Vanessa Picker Jesus College Cricket
Zara Everitt The Queen's College Netball
Zoe Thursz Green Templeton College Lacrosse

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 
  • BP 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 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 ahtletes must provide regular updates on results from competitions or sport specific selections

How to Apply

Applications for 20/21 are now open. Follow the link below to apply for 2020/21 academic year. There are two application deadlines, only applications recieved before 27th September will be considered in the first release of places. The final deadline for applications is October 18th.

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Selected Teams 2019/20

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

Athletics (Men’s and Women’s) Judo (Men’s and Women’s)
Badminton (Men’s) Lacrosse (Men’s and Women’s)
Basketball (Men’s*) Lawn Tennis (Men’s and Women’s)
Boxing (Men’s and Women’s) Modern Pentathlon
Clay Pigeon Shooting (Men’s* and Women’s*) Netball (Women’s)
Cricket (Women’s) Rugby League (Men’s)
Cross Country (Men’s and Women’s) Rugby Union (Women’s)
Cycling (Men’s and Women’s) Squash (Women’s)
Equestrian Swimming (Men’s and Women’s)
Fencing (Men’s and Women’s) Table Tennis (Men’s and Women’s)
Football (Men’s and Women’s) Triathlon (Men’s and Women’s)
Golf (Men’s*) Ultimate Frisbee (Men’s and Women’s)
Gymnastics (Men’s and Women’s) Volleyball (Men’s and Women’s)
Hockey (Men’s and Women’s) Water Polo (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 team 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.




Fundamental Support

Fundamental support is available to performance teams, performance athletes and all other blues teams (first teams of Oxford University sports clubs). Blues teams who are performance teams should register their team for their members to get access to the fundamental support package.

Subsidised Injury Treatment

Note: This support is currently being reviewed due to Covid-19 and the ability for the injury treatment clinic to treat athletes. We are working hard to resolve this but there may impacts on our injury treatement offer for 2020/21.

Injury treatment is subsidised for athletes registered on the scheme and is delivered through The Bodymaster Clinic, based at Iffley Road Sports Centre. Initial consultations are £23 and follow up appointments are £20. To be eligible for the subsidy you must book an appoint via The Bodymaster Clinic, collect a token from Iffley Road Sports Centre reception (proving you are registered on the scheme) before your appointment and present it to the member of staff at the clinic. For athletes not registered on the scheme, the clinic also offer a discount to all Oxford University students. For all services, the full price list or to book an appointment please visit the Bodymaster Clinic's website.

Subsidised Psychology and Nutrition Sessions

Psychology and nutrition sessions are available, fully funded, as part of the Performance Teams programme and the Performance Athletes programme. In addition, student athletes who wish to book individual sessions can do so at a reduced cost of £50 per session. To book an individual session please contact one of our specialists using the ‘our support staff’ section below.

Free Group Fitness Classes

Note: This support is currently unavailable due to Covid-19. Once full capacity classes are able to return, athletes will have the opportunity to use this support again.

Registered blues athletes have access to one free group fitness class per week. You can pick from the wide range of classes available through Oxford Universisty Sport including; Stages Cycling, HIIIT, Yoga, Pilates and more. A full list of the group fitness classes available can be found here

Discounted Nutrition Testing

As part of our partnership with "Forth Edge" athletes are able to take advantage of discounted nutrition testing with expert analysis.


Forth Edge

Speed, miles, watts, heart rate – It’s likely you know lots about these metrics, but how much do you know about what’s going on inside your body and the impact your training may be having? Forth  Edge is a biomarker testing service designed specifically for recreational and professional athletes to help optimise performance.  Our home finger-prick blood tests will give you valuable insight into your body’s key biomarkers for performance, helping you to understand when you are over-trained, under-rested or lacking key nutrients in your diet.


Use the code "OUS15" to get 15% off all Forth Edge products

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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
Dan Tibbitt Sports Coordinator - Competitions
Tiahan Eeles Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Duncan Bennett Strength and Conditioning Coach
Henry Applegate Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mark Bellamy Sports Psychologist (Consultant)
Helen Money Sports Nutritionist (Consultant)
Frances Carroll Sports Nutritionist (Consultant)


Applications Open

Performance Athlete applications are now open for the 2020/21 academic year



Contact Us

  01865 611490


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