Athletics at UEL

The UEL athletics programme attracts some of the very best athletes from the UK and abroad including Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

UEL is a fully established top 10 UK university for Track and Field with a particularly rich history in sprint and hurdle events. Most recently at the British University Championships (BUCS) in 2019, UEL finished 5th overall in the indoor championships.

The programme prides itself on its comprehensive support package while studying, which allows athletes to train with their chosen coach and receive some of the best athlete care in the country.

Current students consists of Jona Efoloko who is the World u20 200m Gold Medallist, as well as Shannon Hylton who won Gold in the 2018 Athletics World Cup in the 4x100m relay. Alumni include TeamGB 200m athlete and two time Olympian Adam Gemilli, who has worn the UEL kit with pride while continuing to achieve high level success athletically and academically.

Athlete and runner in mid stride

Men's team

  • Sam Antwi
  • Enzo Madden
  • Joe Hubbock
  • Jona Efoloko
  • Jordan Andrew
  • Romell Glave
  • William  Adeyeye
  • Korede Awe
  • Brett Okeke

Women's team

  • Gina Akpe-Moses
  • Akaysha Ellis
  • Vanessa Wallace
  • Cheyanne Evans-Gray
  • Pippa Woolven
  • Lauren Russell
  • Awa  Ndiaye

The Performance Programme

UEL's support programme allows a flexible approach in terms of allowing access to its services. We take a holistic approach and crucially our services are year round and uncapped meaning a student can access as much support as they need. All Members of the High Performance Athletics Programme will receive:

  • Unlimited physiotherapy and sports massage.
  • UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning training and private access to scholar Strength and Conditioning facility Aqua East.
  • Active Recovery and Yoga Sessions.
  •  Gold membership at SportsDock.
  • Lifestyle and Performance workshops.
  • TeamUEL Leisure and Gym Kit.
  • Access to of sports science support, including nutrition,psychology, physiology, biomechanics.
  •  Priority access to on-campus accommodation and the option to stay with other athletes on the programme.

Applicants who make a successful sports scholarship application may be eligible for a bursary up to £6000 per annum (bursaries maybe higher for exceptional applicants).


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UEL has provided me with an opportunity to find a perfect balance between my academic studies and my sporting endeavours. The flexible timetabling along with the elite sporting support services has allowed me to be successful in the classroom as well as in the sporting arena. I owe to them an incalculable debt.

Youcef Zatat,

MSc Strength & Conditioning Alumnus and Team GB Athlete

Find out more about sport at UEL

Sports Clubs

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Competitive Scholarships

Our athlete-centred programme is aimed at putting you in the best position to excel within your sport whilst studying at UEL.

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Athletics club

The Athletics Club is one of our most successful clubs, finishing in the top 10 universities in the country in 2013 and 2014.

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