Ulster University Cricket Programme Ė Opportunities for School Leavers

Ulster University offers students and aspiring cricketers the opportunity to enhance their cricket while studying at Ulster University.

The University continues to grow itís cricket programme through increased training and playing schedules in the 2018/19 season.

The playing highlights of the university season, governed by the Irish University Cricket Association, are through All-Ireland indoor and outdoor competitions.

The indoor competition is now facilitated and organised annually by Ulster University and hosted in early February.

The outdoor qualifications then lead into the outdoor competition which has seen Ulster reach the final in the past two years and sharing the trophy in 2017.

Following on from the domestic university season, Irish Universities also play a triangular series against both Cambridge University and Scottish Universities, which has seen plenty of Ulster University representation over the years.

Ulster University offers schemes and programmes with the aim of recruiting talent in Ireland and abroad to play and study at Ulster.

The Talented Athlete Entry Scheme offers A Level and Leaving Certificate students entry benefits such as; - A two-grade reduction in course entry requirements (or grade range CCC; whichever is lower) or the equivalent in other accepted entrance qualifications.

Please note that CCC is the lowest course offer that can be made through the Scheme. - A Talent Squad Sport Scholarship offering access to performance sport support services valued at over £500 including musculo-skeletal screening, physiotherapy, strength & conditioning programmes, testing & supervision, performance skills workshops, merchandise and free membership of one Ulster University Sports Union Club. - Mentor support.

For further details visit the link below: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/sport/performance-sport/programmes/talented-athlete-scheme

Students also have the opportunity of receiving a Performance Sport Scholarship. The scholarships are made available on the basis that the support will enhance the competitiveness and success of Ulster University combined campus teams in Senior Intervarsity competitions and colleges sport generally. There is an allocation of funding support for performance sport clubs and an allocation for individuals only.

Ulster University has already provided extensive support to several students who have received the support of a Talented Athlete Entry Scheme or a Performance Sport Scholarship over the past 5 years.

The schemes and programmes in place are there to support and improve performance while at Ulster University and many of our cricketers have played senior menís Interprovincial cricket, senior NCU womenís cricket, Super 3ís, Emerging Knights, North West Academy and Irish Universities.

Current Ulster University captain and Northern Knights batsman, Adam Dennison has benefited from the Performance Sport Scholarship programme in recent years, as has former captain and chairman of the club, Matthew McCord who received his first Northern Knights first class appearance this season.

Matthew McCord summed up his experience at Ulster University when he said, ďI enjoyed my time at Ulster University and the programme support is a great stepping stone to further develop your cricket. From receiving financial support to completing a strength & conditioning programme, my time at Ulster has benefited my cricket.

"Not only do you gain opportunity to train and play, itís an opportunity to learn new skills. Having worked with the staff from the NCU and Ulster University Sports Union, I was given responsibility to organise and support the student club as Chairman and Captain. This has given me skills that I now use in work and daily life. I would encourage cricketers hoping to develop their career to join Ulster University and reap the benefits.Ē

If you have any queries regarding the schemes, programmes and opportunities that Ulster University offer, please contact callum.atkinson@ncucricket.org.