University of Essex Sports Centre

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University of Essex Sports Centre

University of Essex Sports Centre


We believe that taking part in sport can make a real difference to your time here and to your career prospects. Research shows that students who enjoy sport at university go on to earn more and that sport can make you happier.

We are committed to making sport available to all through our unrivalled free Just Play programme and an impressive selection of activities, facilities and sports clubs. We also fully support our high performing athletes and competitive sport, so you can pursue your favourite sport at a high level or try something completely new.

Our extensive indoor and outdoor facilities are at the heart of all our activities, including our first-class Evolve Gym at our Colchester Campus.

Whether sport is a welcome break from your studies, a chance to make new friends or an opportunity to progress your performance, here at Essex we can share your goals.

Performance Sport

Sports scholarships

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The University of Essex Sports Scholarship Scheme provides structured support to talented student athletes, enabling you to reach your full sporting and academic potential. Find out what’s available and how to apply.

Our mission

  • The relentless pursuit of athlete-centred sporting excellence; driven by innovative practices, informed by scientific insight and discovery.
  • The talented athlete is at the heart of our ambitious programme to deliver sporting excellence.
  • We believe that through our commitment, cutting-edge sports research, excellence in education and attention to detail, we can develop individual athletes to their highest levels.

Our ambition is limitless and yours should be too.

Focus sports

At Essex we provide innovative, athlete-centred programmes in our focus sports; volleyball, basketball and rugby sevens launching 2015-16.

Our growing investment in performance sport is already paying dividends. Essex Blades Volleyball men’s and women’s teams are champions of the British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) South East Conference Cup and have finished on top of the League South East 2B, having gone through the whole season unbeaten in BUCS matches.

In basketball the women were runners up in the South East Conference Up and the men won all ten matches in the League South East 2B to finish as division leaders. Saracens is officially endorsing the University’s rugby sevens programme and is also interested in developing further links with Essex due to its reputation in elite sport performance research. Other partners will include Colchester Rugby Club and Colne Rugby Academy.

Scholarships and bursaries

We are an accredited centre for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and offer support for English athletes recognised by their national governing body. We award both sports scholarships and sports bursaries.

Human Performance Unit

We provide integrated support from our renowned Human Performance Unit.

Contact us

Susy Davies

Performance Sport Manager

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 873016


Follow @UoeSportPerform on Twitter to get the latest information on the University’s talented athletes, keeping you up to date with competitions, results and information on our scholarships packages.