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High Performance 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 HPP students are typically studying an Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences or a full A Level programme. HPP allows elite athletes to continue their education while receiving first-class coaching and training in their sport. The programme length varies between sports but ranges between six and 24 months. An HPP 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: London Wasps, Leander Club and Reading Rockets.

Students benefit from:

  • A bespoke programme
  • High-level coaching
  • Performance targets, monitoring and feedback
  • Mentoring and support
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Nutritional advice
  • Physiotherapy support
  • Competitions and tournaments
  • Links with professional clubs
  • Local accommodation

Within the HPP Programme sits AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence), an NVQ performance-based qualification developed by SkillsActive in partnership with sports governing bodies, industry experts and other partnership
organisations. This qualification is available to students on the HPP in basketball and rowing. A growing number of our students go on to represent their country at a variety of levels, and to pursue their sport professionally. Our rowers,
for example, have gone on to feature in events including the Henley Royal Regatta, the Boat Race and the Olympic Games. HPP students have also secured scholarships at universities in the USA. Applications to join the course are by invitation only, and places are competitively awarded and limited.

For further information please contact Martin Unsworth by email: muns@henleycol.ac.uk

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