Hi Performance Centre

The Hi Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Birmingham is a world class applied sports science and sports medicine support unit. Young or old, morning jogger or professional athlete, you can access experts at the forefront of their fields. 

The HPC team know that sport means different things to different people, if you need to enhance your physical and mental abilities, recover from injury or perform at your best on match day, the HPC can help you become faster, fitter, stronger, better.

e: performance@contacts.bham.ac.uk
t: +44 121 414 8583

Alter G anti-gravity treadmill

Alter G anti-gravity treadmill

We have invested in NASA technology with the purchase of an Alter G anti-gravity treadmill. Using an Alter G allows athletes to increase volume without the additional injury risk, and recover faster in-between sessions.


Head coach endorsements for the HPC

Mike BullMike Bull - Head Coach and Development Manager: Athletics & Cross Country

I have been using the Hi Performance Centre (HPC) for the past four years, both for external athletes as well as student athletes based at the University. The HPC is the only multi-disciplinary unit of its kind in the West Midlands and their holistic approach to performance and athlete management is invaluable to me as a coach. I tend to use the HPC for Physiotherapy Screening, S&C Programming & Sessions as well as Sports Psychology. Their ability to work with athletes who are still developing physically, while recognising their long term goals and individual stresses like exams provides an important balance. The quality of their feedback to both the athlete and me provides clear objectives and a structured course of action that I can integrate into each individual’s wider training plan.

Phil GooderhamPhil Gooderham - Head Coach and Development Manager: Women’s Hockey

Ladies hockey at the University of Birmingham have been using the High Performance Centre (HPC) for the past six years. Year-on-year we have increased the level of support due to the empathy the HPC staff have with the players, as well as their ability to design bespoke training programmes relevant to the sport we play. HPC staff are always willing to listen and discuss the objectives of our team and how best to achieve these and they will, where necessary, adapt training programmes in order to maintain this focus. As head coach I have nothing but praise for the support we have received. Not only are we the fittest and best conditioned university team in the country but have competed in the England Hockey Premier division for the past four years, which is an outstanding achievement.

Mike UmagaMike Umaga - Head Coach and Development Manager: Rugby Union (men), (women)

I have used the HPC intermittently for the last 3 years, mainly for our pre-season training but last year we used them throughout terms 2 & 3. During pre-season the HPC provided us with a range of services ranging from strength-testing, weight training and nutritional guidance, which proved invaluable to the development of men and women’s teams. The students have built a good working relationship with Head Strength and Conditioning coach Darran Fowler, who has taken their personal attributes into account when developing individual programmes and I have seen the benefits of this on the playing field.

Lorraine ColeLorraine Cole - Head Coach and Development Manager: Badminton

The Badminton Club has used the Hi Performance Centre (HPC) for the past two years. We have been fitness tested twice a year, so all students had a benchmark and a goal to work towards as the season progressed. This helped the team to bond and to motivate each other to try harder, creating a more competitive environment. My scholars have benefitted greatly from the HPC, both in terms of identifying personal weaknesses, as well as reassessing and renewing progress throughout the season. The HPC provided nutritional advice to maximise their training and performance, while sports psychology has also had a positive impact in dealing with pressure situations and playing through those difficult moments. The partnership between the HPC and scholars has been extremely valuable and has allowed Alyssa Lim achieve GB development squad status and is now competing around the world, while James Lauder has started playing full time with the goal of achieving GB status.


Senior sports scientist Eleanor Jones talks about the work of the HPC in the University of Birmingham 2012 Heroes campaign