TASS is an athlete support programme to help talented athletes with balancing the demands of their sport, and studies, to be the best in both.
Backed by Sport England, the TASS partnership brings together student athletes, education institutions and sports to support our country’s most exciting young talents. Each year, hundreds of student athletes benefit from a programme of support services delivered by experienced practitioners at education institutions across England.
TASS is dedicated to developing its network of performance sport experts and continues to lead the way in providing lifestyle and wellbeing support for athletes in education. In 2018-19, more than 600 talented athletes from 32 different sports are benefitting from support services at one of 33 TASS Delivery Sites.
University of Exeter is proud to be a TASS Delivery Site this year. The support services available to the nominated TASS athletes at University of Exeter include:
- Strength and conditioning
- Personal development (nutrition, psychology, further lifestyle)
- TASS Medical Scheme & Bupa Healthy Minds
University of Exeter TASS Athlete profiles
“TASS has ultimately helped me to compete at an international level throughout University giving me the support to balance my academic studies and training schedule. The S&C sessions have given me specific training allowing me an extra edge, this enabled me to PB this year at the Universal Trench World Championships.”
Emma Haines-Shooting (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences 2015-2018, University of Exeter)
“TASS really helped my during my first year at Exeter by providing physio I needed to recover from a shoulder injury. With their help and support I am now fully recovered and having a successful BUCS season!”
Sofie Woon-Tennis (MEng Electronic Engineering, University of Exeter)
"Participating in TASS provided me with a greater understanding the elements involved in being a student athlete from new training methods to improve physically to strategies to better deal with the study-training balance. Sessions were delivered in a challenging environment yet one the coaches ensured I was comfortable within".
Alex Woodgates-Cerabral Palsy Football (BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences 2017-2020, University of Exeter).
Merryn plays her Premiership Rugby for Bristol Bears Women and has consistenly featured in the starting line ups in the Tyrells Premiership 15s competition this year. Also named in teh England U20s National Academy squad Merryn made her England U20s debut in November 2018 against USA select at Newbury Rugby Football Club. Merryn is currently completing a Sports Science BTEC at Exeter College.
Merryn Doidge-Women's Rugby (Sports Science BTEC, Exeter College)