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University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme – UCAPP

Are you a University of Cambridge student who is nationally ranked or who represents their country on the international stage in your chosen sport?

If yes, you could be eligible for the University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme (UCAPP). This initiative has been established thanks to the generosity and support of alumnus Mark Hanson (Girton 1985) who was a Modern Pentathlete while at Cambridge. We don’t believe that you should have to compromise your academic or sporting ambitions if you attend The University Cambridge and the support you receive from UCAPP in all of the areas below should help you to maximise your potential during your time with us.

Highly qualified and experienced staff will work with you to enhance your performance through provision of the following services:

- Physiotherapy

- Lifestyle support

- Diet and Nutrition

- Strength and conditioning

- Sports Psychology


So who is eligible for UCAPP?

UCAPP Criteria:

  • A University of Cambridge full-time/part-time undergraduate/postgraduate student

  • Nationally ranked or regularly represent your country on the international stage.

  • An ambassador for your sport with a commitment to supporting the development and performance of the relevant University Sports Club for your sport (in an agreed capacity).

  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to striving for personal excellence which needs to be defined in this application.

  • Willingness to engage with all the professional services provided by the scheme.

  • Able to demonstrate Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) sporting and educational goals which need to be defined in this application.


Support and benefits associated with UCAPP:

How to apply?

Prospective athletes need to complete the UCAPP application form which is downloadable below.  A panel, consisting of sport service representatives as well as external personnel will review all applications.

UCAPP Application Form - From the 1st September 2022 we would welcome applications from athletes for the upcoming year 2022/2023.


UCAPP 2019/20 Report 

This report contains updates from the 2018–19 and 2019–20 cohorts of UCAPP students, presenting their achievements and goals for the future. In addition, feedback on the Programme is provided by some of the 2018–19 cohort.

This report showcases the highly competitive prowess of Cambridge students in a range of sports, including fencing, powerlifting, lacrosse, track, rowing, orienteering, tennis and triathlon. It also demonstrates how vital UCAPP has been, and continues to be, in supporting their talent.

Click here to read the report. 


If you have any questions regarding UCAPP please contact Tristan Coles by email at ucapp@sport.cam.ac.uk or call on 01223 336580.



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