Talent Development Programme

National Performance Centre for Sport

Heriot-Watt University was selected as the 'Preferred Bid' to host the new National Performance Centre for Sport (NPCS) in September 2013. Opening in early 2016, the NPCS will include a new full size indoor synthetic pitch, upgraded external grass pitches, a new nine-court sports hall, 100 station gym, office accommodation and an elite zone which will include a new strength and conditioning area, hydrotherapy zone, performance changing and a rehab centre. All of these facilities will be in addition to the array of excellent facilities we already have.

The new £30m development will be home to a number of Governing Body National Programmes which include the Scottish FA, Scottish Rugby, Basketball Scotland, Scottish Handball, Scottish Squash & Racketball and Scottish Volleyball.

Talent Development Programme

One aspect of our bid was to offer a new Talent Development Programme (TDP) that would build on over twenty years of success in delivering sports scholarships to elite student athletes.

The TDP will work across the following three levels to provide support to students who choose to study at our Edinburgh Campus.

Level One - International athletes

Support is available to athletes who are competing at Commonwealth, World and Olympic standard to balance their training and study. Individuals who meet this criteria will already be involved in a performance programme within the respective national governing body.

Support includes academic flexibility, funding, facility membership and access to key staff.

Level Two - Developing athletes

Heriot-Watt will work with national governing bodies to develop a competitive and challenging training environment for our students. Athletes will be nominated by their respective national governing body Performance Coach (or equivalent) having already shown the necessary commitment to developing their talent.

Athletes who have been competing within National Age Grade level in the following sports are encouraged to apply:

  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Netball
  • Volleyball

Athletes who are selected as part of the Sportscotland Institute of Sport and do not meet the criteria in level one, should apply for support in level two. In the first instance you should make contact with your Performance Lifestyle Manager.

Support includes academic flexibility, funding, facility membership, access to key staff and additional training and practice.       

Level Three - Coaching Talent Development Programme (TDP)

Heriot-Watt are recruiting a number of talented and motivated coaches to the University to study and coach within the TDP programme. The focus of coaching will be to improve quality through qualifications, courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

Individuals wishing to apply for support must be able to demonstrate a willingness to develop their knowledge and skills within the sport as well as being flexible to work throughout the week within the Sports Union and TDP programmes.

Support for the programme includes mentoring, access to key staff, facility membership, academic flexibility and funding.

Application process

Applications open from 13th January 2014 and will close on 31st March 2014 for entry into the academic year 2014/2015. Applications after this date may still be considered.

For further information, and details of the application process, contact Ross Campbell on r.j.campbell@hw.ac.uk

Please note that due to the number of enquiries, responses will only be given to individuals who fall within the categories above.

Winning Students

Winning Students is Scotland's national sports scholarship programme, supporting student athletes with annual scholarships up to £5,500 to help them achieve their sporting and academic goals.

Winning Students studying at Heriot-Watt University in 2013/2014 are:

  • Kelly Edwards (Judo)
  • Patrick Dawson (Judo)
  • Stephanie Inglis (Judo)
  • James Scott (Rowing)
  • Euan Inglis (Swimming)
  • Craig McNally (Swimming)
  • Kathryn Johnstone (Swimming)