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High Performance Programme

The University of Exeter’s High Performance Programme (HPP) has a reputation for encouraging and developing some of the best young sports men and women in the country. It organises the development of our elite sporting infrastructure including the management of our 9 Focus Sports and Sports Scholarship Scheme.

Over 300 student athlete’s benefit from the HPP every year, including up to 50 Sports Scholars and a number of individually supported High Performance Bursars. The programme offers a comprehensive package of support services including state-of-the art training facilities, expert coaching, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, sports massage, sports psychology, performance analysis and a range of workshops.

Entry onto the High Performance Programme is dependant upon sporting ability and potential when starting University. Eligible athletes are often invited to attend pre-season training although High Performance squads will be confirmed following club trials in late September.  

Athlete Development Centre (ADC)

Refurbished and expanded in 2014 with support from the University’s annual fund, this £150,000 High Performance facility provides a unique, optimum training environment for the University's elite athletes.

A drop-rated flooring system, state of the art Olympic lifting platform, Hammer Strength weights equipment, prowler and weighted sleds, Myothrustas and array of specialist conditioning and testing apparatus complement the facility’s other equipment, which includes a sprint track, treadmills, concept 2 rowers, scrum truck, cable machines and squat racks.

Our dedicated strength and conditioning team work with squads and individuals to create sport specific fitness programmes and optimise player performance. Squad sessions are specifically set aside for group training, whilst open sessions provide time for individual athletes to work through their personal training programme.

The Centre supports over 450 High Performance athletes and Sports Scholars competing in one of the 9 Focus Sports as well as individual High Performance Bursars. The facility also hosts Paralympic footballers, athletes supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and the Women’s Cricket Superleague franchise Western Storm.

The Alumni Golf Society Performance Analysis Suite (PAS)

Officially opened in November 2015, the Performance Analysis Suite provides a specialised environment for squads, athletes and coaches to review, analyse and evaluate training and match performance for both BUCS and National or Regional league fixtures. Supported by the Alumni Golf Society the specialist equipment includes cameras and tripods for filming, Apple Macbooks and an iMac for coding and analysing match footage using SportsCode Gamebreaker software as well as access to Hudl (performance analysis sharing platform).

Each year we offer a number of Performance Analysis work placements for students to gain experience of working with High Performance squads and use of SportsCode Gamebreaker software. These students are supported by our part time Performance Analyst who provides ongoing training and support.

Support services

Every sport on the High Performance Programme has access to the following services:

Performance coaching

  • First class coaching from a range of highly qualified coaches and staff.
  • Access to the Performance Analysis Suite and SportsCode Gamebreaker software for team and individual analysis and feedback.

Strength and Conditioning

  • A comprehensive preseason schedule and programming outside of term time.
  • Squad specific S&C sessions with a dedicated strength and conditioning coach.
  • Open session access for the  (ADC).


  • Access to twice weekly physio triage sessions
  • Subsidised university based physiotherapy from our performance partner Ocean Physio and Rehab.

Athlete lifestyle Support

  • Access to a range of workshops including mental skills training, nutrition, employability and strapping delivered by our partners and consultants including Annie Vernon, Renee McGregor, Add-Victor and Ocean Physio.
  • Mentoring by HPP staff for sports scholars and bursars and via the Support in Sport Peer Mentoring Scheme.
  • An HPP 1st team captains leadership initiative including regular workshops and the opportunity to share experiences across HPP squads.
  • Sports science support including physiological testing, sports psychology and nutrition support delivered by our performance partner Exercise Science Consulting.
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Potential access to the University Sports Scholarship Scheme and nationally run Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.