Applications for our Elite Athlete programme are now open


The Queen’s Elite Athlete Programme (EAP) provides prospective, exceptional students a platform to achieve their sporting and academic goals.

Let Queen’s take you to the next level.

  • World renowned education
  • Coaching
  • Top class facilities
  • Support network
  • Programme benefits
  • Cost-efficient city centre location

For more information and how to apply check out: High Performance Sport


The Elite Athlete Programme established in 2013 remains the pinnacle level of support offered by Queen’s Sport through its performance pathway. It aims to provide prospective students who compete at the highest level in sport a platform to achieve their sporting and academic goals. Queen’s has consistently supported their athletes through this programme who have marked up some impressive results of late. Scottish native Fiona Bell - who has started a Medicine degree - represented GB rowing at the World u23's in Bulgaria in July 2017, finishing 6th and at the European u23's in Poznan in September 2017, where she won a bronze medal.

Closer to home, local athlete Emma Mitchell continues to improve with some exceptional performances in 2017. She competed for Ireland at the World University Games in Taipei, Chinese Taipei in August 2017 and finished 9th in the 10,000m and 7th in the 5000. More impressively, Emma has since won the National 5000m and 1500m titles and recently broke the NI 10K Road Race Record in November 2017. Emma has secured her place onto the Commonwealth Games NI Squad for the Gold Coast in April 2018 after clocking her 10,000m personal best in the Summer of 2017, bettering Teresa Duffy's 20-year-old Northern Ireland record by over 41 seconds which came a week after brEaking Duffy's long-standing Northern Ireland 5,000m record.

These athletes along with a range of others representing GAA, Hockey, Rowing, Golf, Athletics, Swimming continue to receive expert advice and support from leading practitioners in Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, Mental Skills and Academic Mentoring. Queen’s have also partnered up with 3Fivetwo Healthcare who are providing medical support to the programme through Head Physiotherapist Shea McAleer, who was recently the Lead at Munster Rugby. These are all areas in which a university can provide experience and we here at Queen’s are proud of the sporting environment which has allowed our students to participate, learn and grow whilst gaining a world-class education.

In addition, Queen’s Sport have also supported over 120 Academy Scholarships and Bursaries available through the Hockey, Rowing, Rugby, GAA and Soccer Academies and Sports Bursary schemes with additional support generated through alumni donations. We have been working with student clubs, governing bodies and alumni networks to develop sporting academies, with over 35 teams and 600 students now competing each year. We created these academies to provide a high-performance culture within each sport, and also to promote recreational and community initiatives. Sporting legends have graced the Queen's jersey with pride. The Rugby and GAA Academy Scholarships are named after Sean O'Neill (Gaelic Football), Jack Kyle (Rugby) and Henry Downey (Hurling).

In recent years, Queen’s-supported athletes competed in top level competitions in over 20 countries, including Olympics, Paralympics, World University Championships, European Athletics Championships and US Open Swimming Championships. The Queen’s Sports Bursaries Provide support for those non-academy athletes who are developing in their chosen sport. They also support students to compete nationally and on the world stage.

Queen’s Sports Development Manager Karl Oakes highlights the importance of creating the right sporting and academic environment for students to realise their best versions of themselves “Queen’s are now in a position both locally and internationally to attract the very highest achievers in Sport and Academia across these islands and further afield with the package on offer. There are existing Scholarship and Bursary opportunities that exist at Queen’s and we will continue to support these annually but this scheme is designed to cater for those athletes who are and those who are on course to achieve greatness in their chosen sport and in their careers long after they graduate. We are excited to hopefully play a major role in the development of such athletes from working in partnership and we hope to continue our commitment in attracting high quality expertise to build a world class athletic programme that is unrivalled on these shores”


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