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For over one hundred years, the University of Birmingham has celebrated sport for all – at all levels, for all students and from all over the world. The University continues to lead the field in its sporting facilities as well as its achievements, with over £65million invested in facility development in the last few years. Our Sport & Fitness club, as well as being home to a 200-station gym, 2000m2 sports arena, six glass-back squash courts and Birmingham’s first 50m pool, includes a whole floor dedicated to developing elite-level athletes. Our practitioners support a selection of athletes in key sports across a range of areas, including physiology, psychology, nutrition, lifestyle and physiotherapy, as well as having a personal support mentor.

The University of Birmingham Sport Scholarships programme offers sector-leading dual-career support to performance student-athletes; providing unrivalled, individualised help to aspiring athletes studying at a leading Russell Group university, renowned for its graduate employability. The high level of expertise and support from Performance Centre practitioners and coaches, through to collaborations with academic departments and welfare services, facilitates a motivating and thriving dual-career environment. The 2018/19 academic year saw impressive results with over 35 students competing at international level – 17 of which at senior standard – along with outstanding academic achievement. Over the past 4 academic years, 45 scholars have graduated from the University, with 100% gaining a 2:1 or first class degree.

We have active working partnerships and collaborations with a number of national governing bodies and elite clubs that enable our students to compete at the highest level, whilst studying at a leading Russell Group University.

Selected first teams or performance squads also receive a range of tailored Performance Centre support, further detail of which can be found below.



The Athletics Club offers coaching and competition provision for all abilities and experience. Our coaching team are present 6 days of the week to help all athletes realise their full potential. With a fantastic international standard Athletics Track on campus, we now host hugely successful summer Open Competitions with the BMC and England Athletics. It has long been an endurance power-house winning 13 BUCS cross-country Team Titles in the past 15 years and producing over 50 Great Britain representatives in the same time period.

Recent recruitment of coaches across all athletic disciplines, combined with its ‘Athletics Talent Hub’ status look set to catapult the University to the forefront of domestic athletic provisions.


Coaching Staff

Head of Athletics, Luke Gunn:

Luke is a former International Steeplechaser and also works as the British Athletics Talent Hub Manager. He coaches many current GB internationals, whilst also working as a Great Britain and England Team Coach.

Previously Sports Scholarship Manager and TASS Hub Manager at the University of Birmingham, as well as University Co-ordinator for England Athletics.



Jumps & Combined Events Coach, Jade Surman:

Jade a former International Heptathlete, has now been coaching at the University for 5 years. She has produced multiple BUCS Medallists and England Junior and Senior representatives. Jade is has been team manager for both England Teams and at the World University Games. Jade is a point-of-contact for the British Athletics Talent Hub and is also lead coach for the Youth Talent Programme.

Jade leads on recruitment for power-based athletes to the University, across all sprints, jumps and throws events.



Endurance Coach & Coordinator, Dean Miller:

Dean is a Paralympian for 2012 and European medallist over 1500m (T37). Dean is an alumnus from Birmingham, who moved into coaching 3 years ago with immediate success. Dean works with the British Athletics Para-Futures programme, as well as being a point-of-contact for the Talent Hub endurance athletes.

Dean also leads on the Street2Stadium initiative from British Para-Athletics, as well as being lead coach for the Youth Talent Programme. Dean is currently on a UKSport Coaching National Programme and is the lead recruitment coordinator for the University of Birmingham.



Sprints Coach, Dominic McNeillis:

Dominic has been coaching at the University for 4 years, after many successful years at local club Halesowen AC. Dominic is fully UKA qualified in Sprints, Jumps and Combined Events making him a very versatile and highly technically knowledgable; coaching junior internationals across all the disciplines.

Dominic was also a member of the initial National Coaching Development Programme (NCDP) cohort.



Throws Coach, Jan Aarre:

Jan has led the Universities Throws Group for 4 years, covering all events from Shot Put, Discus, Hammer and Javelin. Before this Jan was a lead coach at local Birchfield Harriers, working primarily with their junior throwers with great success. Jan is a member of the England Athletics Mentoring Scheme with National Throws coaches.




Current Partnerships

British Athletics – the University is the first to pilot the ‘Athletic Talent Hub’, which supports top junior talent in the region

London Marathon – in conjunction with the Talent Hub, London Marathon also partner to aid the development of endurance performance in the region for athletes and also to host its annual Young Athlete Camp

British Milers Club – the University hosts regional and gold standard meetings in partnership with the BMC competition provider

England Athletics – the University was the first recipient of the Gold Charter Mark scheme for England Athletics


Level of university competition

British University & College Sport ‘BUCS’:

  •        Outdoor Track & Field Championships (May)
  •        Indoor Track & Field Championships (February)
  •        Cross-Country Championships (February)
  •        10,000m Championships (April)
  •        Combined Events Championships (May)

The Cross-Country team also compete in the Midland and Birmingham Cross-Country Leagues throughout (November-February)

  • Inter-Varsity Indoor Athletics (January)
  • Dual Match vs Cardiff Met (November)
  • Ivy League Match v Harvard, Yale, Cornell & Penn Universities (every 2 years)




University of Birmingham Badminton Club consists of  over 150 members, with many national standard players who compete on the international circuit. The club consistently achieves excellent results and is amongst the top four of all the competing universities in the UK. The badminton club is closely linked with the West Midlands Performance Centre and their junior programme who train at University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness.

Coaching Staff

  • Head of Badminton: Lorraine Cole

Lorraine is an ex international player, who was ranked 10 and 12 in the world for Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles respectively, as well as being the no.1 for both at European level. She was previously the England U17/19 coach for a total of 15 years, and is currently the West Midlands Performance Centre Head Coach and Worcestershire County Junior Head Coach.

Contact details:

Performance Squad Training

  • Mondays: 2 hours of singles, 2 hours of doubles
  • Tuesday: 2 hours
  • Wednesday: BUCS matches
  • Thursday: 3 hours matchplay
  • Sunday: 2 hours personal development


We are partnered with the West Midlands Performance Academy. With Head Coach Lorraine Cole leading both ventures, we see the region’s best emerging talent team up with our university squad, while also providing fantastic coaching opportunities for students.

Level of university competition

  • Both the men’s and women’s 1st teams compete in the Premier Division of BUCS




The University of Birmingham Women’s Football Club is recognised as an FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre, enabling us to support the England talent pathway, attract and develop truly talented players alongside the best coaches within our region.

Coaching Staff

  • Head of Women’s Football: Gemma Davies

As well as coaching the university teams, Gemma is also the Aston Villa Women’s Head Coach, competing in the FA Women’s Championship.

Contact details:

Performance Training

  • Mondays: 6 – 8pm
  • Tuesdays: 5 – 7pm
  • Wednesdays: BUCS matches
  • 2 hours of Strength & Conditioning



While our TASS partnership with Birmingham City Ladies sees us provide expert sport science support to the local WSL club, our Head Coach Gemma Davies is also Aston Villa Ladies’ Manager providing the perfect pathway for aspiring athletes. Our partnerships with The FA and BUCS also see UoB host the Women’s High Performance Football Centre and Grassroots Hub respectively.

FA High Performance Centre

One of only nine universities in the country that are official FA High Performance Centres for women’s football, the University of Birmingham provides an educational and community-based setting to recruit, develop and deploy coaches, who lead and inspire player development specifically in the women’s and girls’ game. A key role for the centres is to support and drive The FA’s ambition to increase the number of quality, qualified coaches; double participation numbers by 2020; and create the next generation of the game’s behind-the-scenes workforce, are all central to the growth of the women’s game. The benefit for our club is that there is an on-site Coach Development Officer working with BUCS coaches and supporting people who want to get involved, as well as workshops and activities right on campus. The partnership with the FA provides a fantastic opportunity to link with clubs working at all levels to deploy coaches into to provide great opportunities for their development.


Level of university competition

  • 1st / 2nd team: Midlands 1A
  • 3rd team: Midlands 3A




The University of Birmingham Hockey Club is the most successful University hockey club in the country, with six teams for both men and women. All teams compete on Saturdays ranging from National League to Regional and County leagues, as well as weekly BUCS matches on Wednesdays. The Club has a number of international players competing for us currently, as well as many notable alumni including Lily Owsley, Rio Olympic Gold Medallist.

Coaching Staff

  • Head of Hockey: Phil Gooderham

Phil is a level 4 coach and former Welsh Women’s National squad Head Coach. He has been Head Coach at University of Birmingham for 15 years so has a wealth of experience.

Contact details:

National League

University of Birmingham male and female hockey teams have been playing at national league level since the late 1990s, and are one of the original two university teams to have been in the leagues for that long. In the National League, we have two Women’s teams and one Men’s, and this year they look to build on the successes of the previous season.

30 students make up our two women’s teams, as well as a couple of Academy players (young talent who are looking to come to Birmingham to study). In the current squad, we have 6 players who attended the European championships for either England or Wales, plus another five who are now being assessed for the GB U23 squad. The second team gained promotion from the regional leagues into the new Conference West of the England hockey leagues last year, where the Ladies 1s held firm their place in the Premier Division, and will go into their 11th season as a premier division side. Only two sides have been in the Premier League longer than us (Clifton Robinsons and Bowdon). Amelia Andrew, a fifth-year medic, is this year’s ladies captain, balancing the lifestyle of an elite athlete at the highest level in the country outside international representation with her demanding academic schedule.

The men will have a squad of 24 for their national league team, of which three are alumni, and three are non-students but have represented their countries in the sport. The 1s gained a promotion into the new division one of the England hockey league structure, and have been snapping at the heels of Premier level for the past 14 years. Adam Harriman is the longest serving member of the whole club, starting during his Physio student days, a Masters and then three years as an alumni player, alongside his full-time job.

Upcoming fixtures can be found by clicking here. All matches are free to spectate on campus.


University of Birmingham is a hotbed of hockey talent with a rich history of supporting athletes to achieve representation in home nation development programmes and the GB senior team. In addition to the top-level university teams playing in the National Leagues on Saturdays, UoB also partners with local clubs Bournville, Edgbaston and Harborne to support hockey pathways across the local area.


Level of university competition

  • 1st XI Women: England Hockey IWHL Premier Division and BUCS Premier Division
  • 1st XI Men: England Hockey National Division 1 North and BUCS Premier Division
  • Women’s 2nd XI: England Hockey IWHL Conference West




The University of Birmingham Netball Club is a highly competitive club which supports our 1st team competing in Premier North. Last year they were crowned champions of Premier North, and then they came runners-up at BUCS Big Wednesday, placing them as the second best university netball team in the UK. Now into its third year, we continue our strong relationship with Wasps Netball that has seen players such as Fran Williams and Hannah Leighton excel for University, Club and Country. Supported by Tamsin Greenway and Sophie Masterson, our programme seamlessly links with the Wasps U21 and senior teams to support the very best players.

Coaching Staff

  • Coach: Tamsin Greenway

Tamsin is an ex England national team player, who competed at two Commonwealth Games (2006 and 2010) and one Netball World Championships (2007), collecting bronze medals at both Commonwealth Games. She also won silver at the 2010 World Netball Series in Liverpool. Tamsin was recently the Director of Netball for Wasps during a very successful period, winning both the Superleague and Fast5 titles.

  • Coach: Sophie Masterson

Contact the Club President, Alexandra Oldfield:


Partnership with Wasps

The University of Birmingham are proud to be partnered with Wasps Superleague Academy, offering our students the local link with the U21 programme alongside the elite level standard of coaching. As well as four prime-time UoB club training sessions a week, Wasps U21s have their sessions on campus, which our 1st team also attend, allowing our players to benefit from the high level of coaching and play. The pathway from the University to Wasps is further strengthened by regular Age Group days that engage with the local community, and the association with the 2019 Vitality Superleague runners-up allows a link with key coaches, training programmes and observation by people such as Tamsin Greenway to develop players and offer a smoother transition into elite-level netball.

Find out more about upcoming games by clicking here.

Level of university competition

  • The 1st team compete in the highest level of BUCS – Premier North




The University has close links with Premiership rugby clubs to support dual career aspiring players and provides an opportunity for players to re-enter the professional rugby pathway.

Coaching Staff

  • Head of Rugby: Thomas Drewett

Tom is a former professional rugby player, now qualified as a level 4 coach. He has previously coached in the National League and also in national age grade rugby.

Contact details:

Performance Training

The following sessions will take place in a typical training week:

  • 2 pitch sessions
  • Individual coaching skills sessions
  • 2 video analysis sessions
  • 3 Strength & Conditioning sessions
  • BUCS matches (Wednesdays)



With coaches working across the Midlands, including Wasps, Worcester Warriors and Moseley, Birmingham is a well connected premiership side.  Head Coach Tom Drewett is in constant contact with regional academies to provide support to players wishing to perform to the very highest level.


Level of university competition

  • Men’s 1st XV: BUCS Premier North A




As a student at the University of Birmingham you will get access to fantastic facilities, personalised coaching and support, and tailored off court provision from our expert practitioners that will help you to achieve your goals and give you an unrivalled university experience. We look forward to welcoming you as a student into our squash club and teams!

Coaching Staff

  • Head of Squash: Jon Tate

Jon is an England Squash Aspire Coach & West Midlands Regional Academy Coach. He has over 22 years of experience working with players of all standards, and is currently coaching a number of elite professional PSA players who are based in Birmingham and train at the University alongside our University Premier Squash League Team players.

Contact details:


Performance Training

A typical week will include the following:

  • 2 x High Performance sessions alongside PSA professional players (invitation only)
  • 2 x team training sessions per week
  • 1 x Warwickshire League match
  • 2 x Strength & Conditioning
  • Individual 1-to-1 and small group sessions
  • Opportunity to play in the Premier Squash League


Level of university competition

  • Men’s and Women’s 1st team: BUCS Premier League
  • Men’s and Women’s 2nd team: Midlands 1A
  • Men’s and Women’s 3rd team: Midlands 2A
  • Men’s 4th team: Midlands 2B


Premier Squash League

PSL is the number 1 professional squash league in the world, and the University of Birmingham host the Birmingham Lions team. The League plays a thrilling best-of-three format and features some of the world’s top players. Returning for the Birmingham Lions this year is Joel Makin who ranks 12 in the world and joining the pride is newly crowned European Individual Champion, Nele Gilis.

All of the Birmingham Lions home matches will take place on the glass back courts at University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness, which has in-built spectator seating.



Having hosted the World University Championships in 2018, Premier Squash League and British Junior Open, UoB is a hub of performance squash with partners including England Squash and the Rob Owen Performance Academy.




Since the opening of the new UB Sport and Fitness 50m pool, the swimming club is able to provide a prosperous environment for aspiring high-level athletes. Building on previous years has allowed us to develop a successful club program that is supported by the UBSport Performance Centre staff; a team including sport scientists, psychologists and nutritionists. Swimming at the University of Birmingham enables athletes to achieve success in the pool as well as receiving a world-class education.

Coaching Staff

  • Head of Swimming: Gary Humpage

Gary has been the head coach at the university for many years. He first became a part of the university as a lifeguard 30 years ago. He helps with Swim England to promote swim teaching and lessons and lectures the Swimming Coaching module in Sport, Physical Exercise and Coaching Science. Gary is a Level 3 coach and IOS tutor, building a wealth of experience having coached the the university since 1996,  during which time he has coached number of swimmers to BUCS medals and to finals at British Championship level.

Contact details:


UoB host the City of Birmingham Performance Swimming Squad twice a week in our stunning 50m facility.


Level of university competition

  • Hi Performance Squad – BUCS Short Course Championships, BUCS Long Course Championships, BUCS Team Championships, Swim England National Winter Championships, British Summer Championships, Swim England National Summer Meet, West Midland Swimming Championships, local open meets
  • Competitive Squad – BUCS Team Championships, West Midland Swimming Championships, Warwickshire County Championships, Manchester Inter University Competition, local open meets




The University of Birmingham has long been one of the premier academic institutions in the UK; as one of the top universities for sport it is an ideal place to combine sport will a well respected programme of study.



Every year, athletes who are part of the University of Birmingham’s Sport Scholarship programme raise the bar in the competitive sport by setting records, winning national championships and competing for the international titles. The following provision is available as part of a Sport Scholarship:

  • A tailored package of support
  • Access to Sport Medicine support
  • Performance-level coaching
  • Dedicated Sport Science support
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Performance Lifestyle mentoring
  • Access to our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Financial support





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