Sport & Exercise

Team Performance Programme

The University’s leading sports clubs form part of the Team Performance Programme.

10 of our performance sport teams are headed by dedicated performance coaches, with specialist conditioning, medical and advisory back-up. This is designed to allow University of Edinburgh teams to compete at the highest level in national leagues, as well as British Universities and Scottish Universities championships.

All of our performance sports have designated sport-specific support that includes access to the University’s top class training and competition facilities and services, such as:

  • Supervised strength and conditioning support, year round, including exclusive use of the Performance Gym
  • Prevention and treatment of injury from FASIC Sports Injuries Clinic
  • Pilates sessions
  • Sports massage (by referral)
  • Sports nutrition advice
  • Sports psychology consultancy
  • Flexible study options and mentoring
  • Branded clothing
  • Promotional opportunities

Related Links

 Elite Athletes Policy (311.14 KB PDF)

Basketball (Women)

Performance Basketball Women aims to create a women’s basketball programme to match our world class academic standings.

Endurance Running Academy

image of runners from the Endurance Academy
The University of Edinburgh’s Endurance Running Academy was set up in partnership with Scottish Athletics to provide a performance programme for athletes competing in middle & long distance track, cross country, road, and mountain running.

Fencing (Women)

The fencing programme is a balance between sport-specific strength & conditioning and fencing specific training.

Hockey (Men)

men's hockey defensive short corner
Each year Edinburgh University Men's Hockey Club selects 18 players to be part of the Team Performance Programme.

Hockey (Women)

Each year Edinburgh University Women's Hockey Club selects 18 players to be part of the Team Performance Programme.


The Orienteering Performance Programme provides a top-class training environment and support structure to the best orienteers in the UK.


The Performance Rowing programme aims to develop athletes to national and international standard, whether they arrive as experienced juniors or complete novices.

Rugby (Men)

Edinburgh University Rugby Club is going into its fifth season as part of the Team Performance Programme at the University of Edinburgh.

Rugby (Women)

Womens Rugby Line up
Join our successful Rugby Performance Programme for Women.


Performance Swimming at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2008 and since then has become the leading swim programme in Scotland and one of the leading programmes in the UK.

Further sports

The University supports a number of club teams in their bid improve within both Scottish Student Sport and British University & College Sport competitions.