The Centre for Developing Athletes
Edinburgh Napier University goes beyond the game. Our Centre for Developing Athletes brings together programmes and partnerships that:
- Support the development of young sporting talent
- Help athletes to study while competing through our Dual Careers programme
- Develop coaches - from volunteer entrants to postgraduate level study for professional coaches
- Provide flexible study routes to turn a sporting passion into a post-competition career
Our facilities include a Biomechanics Lab, Physiology Lab with a climate and altitude chamber, and a Human Performance Lab and our academic staff includes specialists in exercise physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology.
Study While Competing
Dual Career Path
We partner with Scottish Cricket to host the Scottish Cricket Performance Academy at Sighthill.
We are working with several professional clubs in Scotland to support players as they develop skills for a career after they finish playing.
We are the biomechanics partner for the R&A, the governing body of golf for most of the world.
We partner with Scottish Gymnastics, and the Scottish Rugby Union, to provide bespoke coaching qualifications to develop their coaches. Our first cohort of rugby coaches graduated in 2017 with a UKCC Level 4 qualification as well as a PG Diploma in Sports Performance Enhancement which is accredited by Sports Coach UK.
Our Scottish Gymnastics coaches have focused on gaining PG Diplomas, following a similar route to the SRU coaches, experiencing sport-specific teaching and following a personalised learning pathway specific to their development needs.
We are home to the Edinburgh-based Fosroc Rugby Academy in partnership with Scottish Rugby. The academy is one of four in Scotland, and gives talented female and male rugby players access to personalised training and development from the ages of 14-19.
Being on our campus means the developing players get access to the same facilities as our students and can base themselves in the student environment. That gives them the insight to see if they want to develop their knowledge off the field as well as on it through our Dual Career programme. It supports those wanting to study even as they compete at the highest level.
Our commitment to developing athletes benefits both our students and Scottish Rugby’s most promising talent, as students on our sport and exercise science degree collaborate with the players on their academic projects.
Through our partnership with both Scottish Gymnastics and Scottish Rugby, coaches can study one module per trimester for two years, including work-based learning, leadership and organisational management and performance development and expertise. In their last trimester, they pick an independent study module based on a real-life problem they are facing as a coach, to personalise their learning to the specific areas they need to target. On successful completion, coaches can finish with a PG Diploma in Sports Performance Enhancement, accredited by Sports Coach UK, or gain a PG Diploma.