Team GB and University of Hull renew partnership

The University of Hull and Team GB have announced they will renew their successful partnership for a further four years.

This new agreement between the University and the nation’s best-loved sports team will span the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games and the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

The partnership first launched in 2019, creating a range of valuable opportunities for University of Hull students, staff and the wider Hull community. This has included visits to University events from Olympic medallists like Max Whitlock OBE and Dame Laura Kenny, opportunities for families across Hull to meet and learn from Olympians, and a range of volunteering, joint research projects and internships with Team GB.


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Kye Whyte, who made history by winning Team GB's first ever BMX medal at the Olympics by scooping a stunning silver at Tokyo, shared his story on campus
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Bryony Page, who claimed her second Olympic medal with a brilliant trampolining bronze in Tokyo, met visitors at the 5K Your Way event on campus

Professor Dave Petley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said:

“We are proud to have been the official university partner of Team GB since 2019 and I’m thrilled we will continue with this extraordinary partnership until 2028.

“The partnership reflects our shared belief that with hard work, the right opportunities and the support of a dedicated team, we can all achieve extraordinary things.

I am delighted that the renewed agreement means that there are further opportunities which we can offer to our current and future students and I am really excited to see what the future holds for this special partnership.

Professor Dave Petley

Tim Ellerton, Commercial Director at Team GB, said: “The University of Hull have been an incredible source of support to us at Team GB since coming on board back in 2019. We are delighted to be extending our partnership for a further four years.

“We have seen extensive benefits from our joint research and enterprise projects to date, and we are excited to see what more can be achieved in the next stage of our partnership. In particular, our focus as an organisation is on becoming more environmentally sustainable, and with the University’s expertise in this area, we are confident that they will continue to be a valuable and supportive partner for Team GB.”

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Professor Dave Petley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, (left) pictured with Team GB Taekwondo champion Bradly Sinden and Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association Andy Anson
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Professor Dave Petley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, (left) with Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association Andy Anson - after the signing of the agreement

Other partnership activity to date has included the launch of the University’s 360 degree digital technology to help athletes prepare for the environment in Tokyo. A series of 360 videos were created to capture the spaces where athletes would train, eat, rest and socialise during the competition, allowing them to become familiar with the facilities in advance and adapt quickly to their surroundings on their arrival. The technology now forms an important part of Team GB’s athlete education programme to help athletes get ‘Games ready’.

The agreement, first signed in 2019, has been renewed until 2028
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Bradly Sinden, who became the second male taekwondo player in Team GB history to win an Olympic medal after securing silver on Games debut at Tokyo 2020, joined us for our 5K Your Way event on campus

Students and academics have also contributed to a range of research projects for Team GB ahead of Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024, with the University offering PhD scholarships to support Team GB with vital work in areas such as sustainability and carbon mapping. 

There’s also been a series of Team GB appearances where athletes have shared their personal goal setting and medal-winning experiences with students.

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Sporting activities at Hull Sport are fun for local schools and community groups
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Max Whitlock OBE joined staff and students to talk about mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week

The University’s partnership with Team GB will continue until 2028.

More details about the partnership so far can be found at

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