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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:

Gym/Sports Facilities

S & C


Sports Nutrition

Sport Psychology

Lifestyle Support


Promotion of your success

Free Gym membership & access to sports service facilities (e.g. athletics track)

Bespoke sport specific S & C plans and regular 1-2-1/group coaching sessions

Screening & reactive support up to 5 sessions

Up to 5 sessions across these 2 services


Up to 3 sessions with a lifestyle advisor

Access to any performance workshops run throughout the year e.g. time management

Use of University channels to raise your sporting profile

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.


How to Apply?

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

Applications for UCAPP can be made by completing this form. Applications will be accepted throughout the year but for athletes to benefit from the support offered applications should be submitted prior to the start of term.   


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



New programme helps students combine academic and sporting excellence



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