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    Our philosophy in supporting student-athletes at the very highest level is to provide a combined approach to delivery across a number of services; with personal development, strength & conditioning, physiotherapy and sports massage professionals working closely to support individuals in balancing university life with your sporting aspirations.


    TEAMBrookes Perform

    In 2015 we launched our dedicated performance programme, TEAMBrookes Perform. We support up to 25 TASS athletes, and up to 30 Sports Scholars, though our services can be accessed by any student-athlete or sports team if a Team Captain requests it. Teams and individuals who represent at the highest level are supported with a wide range of support, including:

    • exclusive access to our Performance Gym, guided by dedicated strength & conditioning coaches,
    • receive weekly access to our physiotherapy and sports massage partners The Bosworth Clinic at our on-campus Clinic,
    • further opportunities for lifestyle, sports psychology, and nutritional guidance from our experienced consultants.

    For further information, please feel free to contact our TEAMBrookes staff, via Sport@Brookes.ac.uk.


    Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) at Oxford Brookes University

    TASS is part of the SportsAid family, funded by the National Lottery through Sport England with a brief to help young sportspeople juggle the demands of sport and education. Since 2004, TASS have supported more than 6,000 sportspeople - enabling talented student-athletes across the country to fulfil their academic and sporting potential.

    TASS is an athlete support programme designed to help talented athletes with balancing the demands of their sport and studies to be the best in both. Backed by Sport England, the TASS partnership brings together student athletes, education institutions, and national governing bodies of sports to support our country’s most promising sporting talents.

    Oxford Brookes University is one of 39 TASS Delivery Sites in England, with more than 400 talented athletes from 32 different sports benefitting from our support services. Our highly-qualified coaches and experienced practitioners have worked with professional clubs and international athletes, and provide expert support services to our TASS athletes currently at Oxford Brookes University, which include:

    For more information on TASS or to find out how to access support, please visit the TASS website https://www.tass.gov.uk/or contact info@tass.gov.uk.


    TASS Dual Careers Accreditation

    Oxford Brookes University is leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) initiative.

    The Sport England-backed programme supports young sportspeople on the talent pathway to have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits, follow other interests, as well as further their personal development. By formally recognising an institution’s commitment to supporting student-athletes, the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow athletes to reach their potential in
    education alongside achieving success in their sport.

    Referenced within the Education section of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s Duty of Care in Sport Review published in April 2017, Accreditation shows that a college or university has the ability to support students following a dual career route. Backing the scheme, she said:

    “I believe we have a duty to help young people to achieve their potential, whilst prioritising their welfare, wellbeing and education. For the vast majority of athletes, skills and formal qualifications are needed to help them find alternative careers, either alongside their sporting activities or once their sporting days are over.

    “For me the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme is a vitally important measure to ensuring all athletes have the chance to pursue an education and enjoy a more well-rounded approach to life.”

    As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Oxford Brookes will be an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year. These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology, strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme. While some of the existing services delivered focus solely on developing the young person’s sporting performance, a dual career support structure and academic flexibility policies are central to the help available to athletes based at an Accredited Site. All Dual Career Accredited Sites receive training and a toolkit of resources to equip them with practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the athlete.

    For student-athletes, the academic flexibility policies may mean they have the opportunity to access online notes or resources, are able to arrange catch up sessions with teaching staff, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.

    Meanwhile for Oxford Brookes University, the recognition of becoming a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site is expected to be beneficial by attracting a greater number of talented athletes and building connections with other local sporting institutions.

    TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England.

    “Dual career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s why the Accreditation Scheme is so important for us in recognising those institutions who place precedence on their athletes’ education too.

    “We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution.

    “Congratulations to the successful institutions and we look forward to working alongside many more outstanding colleges and universities in the near future.”