University of Nottingham offers one of the UK’s best performance environments for Karate athletes, with an extensive programme of coaching, development and athlete support services.

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Performance Karate

Why Nottingham?

Having successfully won a third successive BUCS Nationals Karate title in 2023 (securing a BUCS points record in the process), University of Nottingham Karate is considered one of the most comprehensive Karate programmes in the UK student sport. Boasting an experienced coaching staff, with some of the best facilities in the country, the University of Nottingham is an ideal place to compete in Karate while studying at one of the UK’s top universities.

There are athletes within the Karate team who compete and a national and international level and the programme supports student-athletes performing in European and World student games.

The programme is supported by the leading facilities, support staff and coaching team situated at the £40 million David Ross Sports Village, with students enjoying weekly strength and conditioning sessions, access to the state-of-the-art Sports Injury Clinic, as well as training and competition on-site within the Dojo.

University of Nottingham Performance Karate

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Karate Programme

done Regular performance analysis
done Strength & conditioning sessions
done Specialist coaching sessions
done Access to state-of-the-art Dojo based at David Ross Sports Village
done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done Heated Hydrotherapy Pool and ice bath for rehab and recovery

High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done Nutrition and Sports Psychology support
done 1-2-1 Mentoring
done Player welfare support
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Performance Coaching

Sonny Roberts - Head Coach

Sonny Roberts has practiced Karate for over 24 years and was a member of the National squad for 12 years. He first coached the club in 2016 and has become an integral part of its success, leading it to our first BUCS Nationals Overall Title in 2020.

With a wealth of experience in the sport, Sonny is a 9 x English National Champion, England National Team representative, British National University Coach, & an EKF Director.

Sonny Roberts - Head of Performance Karate