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"Our performance programme is designed to maximise the potential of our student athletes, allowing them to compete at their highest level, while facilitating academic excellence."


Our performance squad consists of 4 men’s teams, and 3 women’s teams, who are offered an extensive training schedule. With access to high-performance indoor facilities, student athletes benefit from individualized training, from our selection of experienced coaches.

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Maroon Scholarship

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Vice-Chancellor Scholarship

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If you want to play performance tennis at Bristol, please contact our head coach, Ali Blackett


Performance Tennis

BUCS team members have access to:

  • 4 on court trainings a week

  • 2 Strength and Conditioning sessions a week

  • BUCS League competition

  • BUCS Individuals competition

  • NPL competition

  • Performance Analysis

  • Access to the Multi-Disciplinary Team

In the 2023/24 season we have 4 men’s teams and 3 women’s teams competing in BUCS Leagues.

We have access to 8 outdoor courts and train on our 4 indoor courts. Our Strength and Conditioning gym is also on site at our home of Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. In addition players can also access additional sporting facilities at the university. Check out our facility and clubs video here:


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All 7 of our teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues. In this 2023/24 season our Men’s 1st team play in Division Western 1A, Men’s 2nds, 3rds and 4ths play in Western Division 2B

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In this 2023/24 season our Women’s 1st team compete in Western 1A and our Women’s 2nd and 3rd teams will compete in Western 2A

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National Premier League

We have competed in the National Premier League doubles competition since 2018. In the 2020/21 season Bristol made the National finals amongst 16 of the top clubs and universities in the country. We plan to enter both a men and women’s team in the 2023/24 season.

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Vice Chancellor and Maroon Scholarships

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Vice Chancellor Scholarship

Our Vice-Chancellor's (VC) Scholars for Sport are an inspirational group who train and compete as part of our student clubs, whilst also driving towards professional athletic careers on the world stage during their time at the University of Bristol.

Scholarships for Sport are offered to a maximum of 10 students each year for £1,500 - £3,000 per student, per annum.

To find out more information on the VC scholarship and how to apply please follow the below link

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Maroon Scholarship

The Maroon programme is a Performance Sport support package available for athletes from Head Coach and Coordinator sports at Bristol.

The Tennis Maroon Scholar programme has grown from 2 scholars in 2020/21 to 5 Scholars 2021/22, to 7 scholars in 2022/23 season, and looking for suitable candidates in the 2023/24 season.

Successful applicants will benefit from a range of professional sport services including:​

  • Club membership fully paid for by UBTC

  • Weekly Small Group or 1:1 Head Coach Sessions

  • Up to 4 S and C Sessions

  • Nutrition Consultancy 

  • Sport Psych Consultancy

  • Sports Medicine Clinic Consultancy

  • 3 x tournament entry fees (for example British Tours)

  • 3 free restrings a year

The application process for the Maroon Scholarship is open now with opportunities to apply across the year.

If you are interested in applying for a Tennis Maroon Scholarship please contact Head Coach Ali at


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Why Bristol?

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Bristol is a fantastic place for young people to live. There are so many parts to the city to explore and things to do and the city has a rich history and culture. Check out the university’s virtual tour of the city here:

In addition at Bristol you will receive a world class education with some of our accolades including being a top 5 UK university for research (THE analysis of REF 2014), a top 10 UK university and 62nd in the world (QS Rankings 2022) and in the top 10 most targeted universities by top UK employers (High Fliers 2021).

Have a look at some of the courses on offer here:

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Additional Funding Options

The below suggestions may be worth looking at for alternative methods of funding at Bristol.


Access to Bristol (current Bristol school students)

University of Bristol Bursary

Think Big: Undergraduate (international students)


Access to Bristol (current Bristol University students)

Postgraduate scholarships for University of Bristol alumni (current Bristol University students)

Think Big: Postgraduate (international students)

Fullbright University of Bristol award (US graduates)

Marshall Partnership scholarships (US graduates)

Find all funding opportunities at:

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