Elite Sports Programme

This programme targets students who have a high potential to excel in their sport, either by competing on the international stage or securing a professional contract. Our elite sports students are typically studying an Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences or a full A Level programme. The Elite Sports Programme at The Henley College is the perfect way for young and aspiring elite athletes (age 16-19) to prepare for life in professional sport. For those athletes who have the chance of competing on the world stage or of securing a professional contract, Henley is the ideal setting to improve your skills and learn how to manage all aspects of life in a professional sport whilst continuing your education.

The Elite Sports Programme allows athletes to continue their education while receiving first-class coaching and training in their sport. The programme length varies between sports but ranges between 6 and 24 months. An Elite Sports student typically trains for 9–10 hours per week in addition to fixtures and their academic programme.

As a College we currently provide opportunities through this scheme to students in three sports – rugby union, rowing and basketball. Our offering is further strengthened by proud partnerships with renowned professional clubs: Wasps, Leander Club, Henley Rowing Club and Reading Rockets.

Students benefit from:


Basketball: Please contact Ben Fisher (Reading Rockets) by emailing ben.fisher@readingrockets.co.uk

Football: Please contact Alex Hardy by emailing ahar@henleycol.ac.uk

Rowing: Please contact Martin Unsworth by emailing muns@henleycol.ac.uk

Rugby: Please contact Gareth Harris by emailing gaha@henleycol.ac.uk


“The training on the Rugby Academy was as close to pro rugby as you could get with full-time education.”