Enhancing Sporting Performance

This exciting programme, designed for athletes of all levels and students studying sport, is taught by experts in the University of Waikato's Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health. The rugby option is taught in conjunction with the Chiefs Super Rugby Team, where students will train alongside the team and learn from expert coaches!

Delivered through hands-on learning in the classroom, labs, modern gym, and trips to local sports organisations, students will develop knowledge in nutrition, recovery practices, physiology and prescription, strength and conditioning, coaching, performance analysis, and biomechanics.

While studying at Waikato, athletes will have the opportunity to continue with their sport, practicing with local teams in the evenings and competing on the weekends. Students will have access to state-of-the-art high performance training centres where researchers work with elite teams, including New Zealand Cycling and New Zealand Sevens rugby, to reach peak athletic performance.

Students will have access to state-of-the-art high performance training centres where researchers work with elite teams

June 5 - July 1, 2022 (4 weeks) dates TBC

15 points (3-4 US credits; 7.5 ECTS)

Application Due Date
1 April 2022

What's included:

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Chiefs Rugby Team

Chiefs Rugby High Performance Package

Are you a rugby player? If you answered yes, then this additional package is for you! Train with world class athletes in world class facilities while being coached by some of the best in the industry! This awesome package is open to both male and female rugby players.

The Chiefs Rugby Club have over 30 full-time staff who are experts in their field of rugby psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, and video analysis.

Enhance your sporting performance by training with the best! Out of the current NZ Super Clubs, The Gallagher Chiefs have the record for most Super rugby playoff appearances in a row (7) and have 12 current or former All Blacks in our 2019 squad.

#BeLegendary and join them today!

On top of the Enhancing Sporting Performance Programme, you will get:
  • Traditional Maori Powhiri (welcome) onto Chiefs territory
  • Initial testing
  • Behind the scenes Gallagher Chiefs experience - training with and alongside the team
  • IPPs and action plan documents provided to players and coaches
  • Access to the Gallagher Chiefs gymnasium for 2 sessions a week (8 total)
  • Connection to a Hamilton Rugby club
  • Personalised positional training programmes
  • Tailored strength and conditioning programmes
  • 1 x mental skills session a week with the Gallagher Chiefs Psychologist
  • 1 x nutritional education a week with the Gallagher Chiefs Nutritionist
  • Skills sessions with the Gallagher Chiefs attack coach
  • Behind the scenes experiences at game days during Super Rugby season*
  • Video analysis training with Chiefs staff
  • 2 x Chiefs training tee
  • Certificate of completion

*Dependent on the Chiefs having a home playoff match

Application Due Date
1 April 2022

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New Zealand and the Chiefs Rugby Club International Haka

More Information


Accommodation is included in the Enhancing Sporting Performance Programme therefore there is no need to apply for accommodation separately. Throughout the application process you will be asked to pick one of the two options, we will endeavor to place you in your chosen accommodation, however placements will be made based on availability and suitability. Please see the two options below:

Contact Us

Study Abroad and Exchange - International Office
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 837 9405

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