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Performance Sport

We have big ambitions for our future in sport. We’re aiming for a top 20 finish in the BUCS rankings by 2020 and are excited to welcome athletes who will help us rise to that challenge. 

We are gaining recognition as a performance sport institution and consolidating on this impact by working with elite sporting partners that co-exist in our city.

Our performance programme supports and incubates talent across our whole sporting offer. We support over 70 teams across over 50 sports at our world class facilities. The performance programme looks to develop top class student centred clubs and individuals through our constantly developing sporting pathways.

For 2016-17 we are providing additional performance coaching and free or highly subsidised support services to the following five spotlight sports.

  • Basketball: Men's
  • Netball 
  • Rugby League 
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo: Men's

Partnerships with Manchester Met

We are keen to develop partnerships with governing bodies, institutions and teams from across the UK and beyond, who share our values and commitment to excellence.

Our growing list of partners include (but is not exclusive to) kit partner O’Neills, TASS, ASA, Brooklands Hockey Club, City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team, City of Manchester WaterPolo Club, Manchester City Women’s Football Club, Manchester Giants, Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics, Manchester Rangers, Sale Sharks and Warrington Wolves

Spotlight Sports:

Basketball - Men's

Benefitting from the coaching expertise of former England player Callum Jones, our Basketball Coach and Performance Sport Officer, we support basketball scholars who play for the Manchester Giants and the Manchester Magic – the city’s top basketball teams. We are proud to be a partner of the newly created National Basketball Performance Centre, where our team is based, benefiting from the purpose built facilities and support. We are a supporter of Manchester Giants and Magic.

We have five mens teams competing in BUCS, up to N1a level and currently are on track to play in the playoffs for promotion to the Prem for the 2016/17 season. We are looking to expand our women’s basketball offer and already host two BUCS women’s teams and are a sponsor of the Manchester Mystics women’s basketball team. 


Our netball programme has three coaches, nine club teams and five Sport Scholars including England U21 player Gabby Marshall. Our current highest performing BUCS team plays in N1a having been promoted at the end of 2015/16 season.  

We have links with the Manchester Thunder netball team, for whom many of our scholars play and we have an active programme of netball participation – encouraging grass roots involvement as well as elite development.

Rugby League

Our rugby league programme benefits from a partnership with the Manchester College, where school leavers aged 16 to 18 can follow a rigorous full-time programme of study and coaching. They will follow either a L2 or L3 sports qualification alongside quality coaching and daily training by Manchester Rangers coaches, with the opportunity to progress into the Academy programme with Rangers or into studies at Manchester Met. 

We have two men’s BUCS teams and our 13’s Coach is current Swinton Lions professional player Chris Atkin. The team, and rugby scholar Dom Bryan, benefit from training and playing on our brand new 3G rubber crumb pitch at the Platt Lane Sports Complex.


Our swimming programme coached by former GB swimmer Emma Smithurst has an integrated schedule working in conjunction with City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team and their head coach Mark Rose. Following trials swimmers can train within a squad appropriate to their level ranging from 3 x 1.5hour sessions/week through to 9 x 2hour sessions/week that includes an international and national training and competition calendar. We currently have four scholarship athletes including Paralympic World champion Tully Kearney.

We are increasingly a force to be reckoned with in the pool at BUCS and all our athletes benefit from being across the road from the Manchester Aquatics Centre, boasting two 50m pools and the home of our partners, the City of Manchester Swim team.

Water Polo - Men's

Coached by former Commonwealth Champion Jérôme Read, Manchester Met has recently been awarded the rights to be an ASA Water Polo Host University and a TASS water polo delivery site.  We currently have four scholars, all with experience playing for GB. Our top Men’s team were promoted at the end of the 2015/16 season and are currently at the top of the Prem North with two games to play.  We have strong links with the City of Manchester Water Polo Club and benefit from having the Commonwealth Games water polo venue across the road from our All Saints Campus. We are looking to develop and grow both of our Men’s and Women’s waterpolo programmes.