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Support for elite athletes

If you're an elite athlete studying at Southampton, we provide financial and sporting support to keep you at the top of your game.


We offer a selection of bursaries for students who compete at either national or international level in their chosen sport. These offer financial and sporting support to help you reach your full potential while living, studying and training at Southampton.

Learn more about the sports bursaries we offer.

Sports Performance Programme

If you're a recipient of a University of Southampton sports bursary or a student on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), you'll have exclusive access to our strength and conditioning coaches.

You'll also be able to use the University's Sports Performance Centre for training sessions. The strength and conditioning rooms are fully equipped with a large selection of free weights and Olympic lifting platforms, as well as conditioning equipment and other sport-specific training equipment.

The aim of the Sports Performance Programme is to:

  • provide a specialist area for strength and conditioning training
  • devise individual, periodic programmes to maximise performance for major competitions
  • create an environment contributing to the overall athlete experience and improvement of sport-specific fitness and lifestyle changes

As well as providing strength and conditioning training for our individual elite athletes, the Sports Performance Programme staff also provide this training for selected University sports teams.

Financial support for teams

Pathway Sports is an elite athlete programme that allows teams to apply for additional support. We make 2 awards each year.

Learn more about our Pathway Sports awards