Performance Support

The Performance Support strand offered by the CVA works in partnership with the Performance Support Team at Loughborough to provide a wide range of student opportunities.


This strand is aimed at students who may wish to develop a career in the Performance Support / Sport Science industry. This industry is a rapidly expanding global industry, and for this reason, Performance Support Practitioners are in increasing demand, particularly given the drive of professional athletes to maximise their potential through marginal gains.

As a world-leading university that has a strong historical association with high performance sport, we are in a unique position whereby we can offer our students the opportunity to volunteer as part of a high performance multi-disciplinary team in a number of Performance Support pathways.

These supporting roles form part of Loughborough Sport’s wider multidisciplinary Performance Support team which focuses on athlete and team performance. Each of these pathways include opportunities to access training, guidance and support from both internal practitioners and external industry experts.

Our Virtual Performance Support Briefing

If you want to know more about Performance Support, you can watch our 2020 briefing by clicking the image below.

What We Offer?

There are five distinct pathways in which students can become involved in at various stages at their time studying at Loughborough:

Support & Development

Training and Mentoring

Access to in house specific technical training and mentoring delivered by Loughborough Sport Performance Support staff.

Employability Skills

Develop employability skills such as communications and problem solving through hands on experience

Networking Opportunities

Opportunity to network with industry professionals

Why get involved?

  • Access to internationally recognised industry qualifications such as ISAK and UKSCA accredited workshops.
  • Access to in house specific technical training and mentoring delivered by Loughborough Sport Performance Support staff.
  • Access to masterclasses and CPD opportunity that are led and delivered by industry experts.
  • Opportunity to network with industry professionals and leading industry organisations.
  • An opportunity to develop employability skills through volunteering experiences and an employability programme.
  • Access to our reward & recognition scheme and subsidised Coach & Volunteer Academy kit.

Don’t just hear it from us!

Check out some of our Success Stories below to read about the experiences some of our volunteers have had!

How to get involved?

Any student studying on a Higher Education Course at Loughborough University or Loughborough College can get involved with our Performance Support Strand; however, there are some opportunities in the strand which students from only certain academic degrees can access.

To find out more on how to get involved in the Coach & Volunteer Academy, visit our “Get Involved” page.