National Governing Bodies

Bisham Abbey is proud to feature a range of sporting partnerships on-site including:

Sport England is focused on helping individuals and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life by creating more opportunities for young people to play sport, nurture and develop talent and providing the right facilities in the right places.

Sport England is delighted to have Bisham Abbey as one of three National Sports Centres which provide World Class training and competition facilities to a wide range of National Governing Bodies and community users.

Bisham Abbey is proud that no fewer than 17 medals were won at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by athletes who trained using the world class facilities at Bisham Abbey.

Find out more about Sport England on their website

England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey are both headquartered at Bisham Abbey. The site is host to both the male and female international teams.

The senior and U21 teams use Bisham Abbey as their training venue, for strength and conditioning work as well as technical and tactical aspects of the game.

The water-based surface consists of a high-performance polyethylene resin, and is the same design specifications as the pitches used at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which helped the teams to prepare successfully.  As a result, the GB Women won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Find out more about England Hockey on their website

The south hub for England Netball has it base at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre.

England is split into nine Regions, each with a volunteer Regional Management Board and a team of staff including a Regional Manager, Regional Coordinator and Netball Development Officers.

Find out more about England Netball on their website

FAB ACADEMY was created by Nas Bashir, an A license coach with experience coaching at professional clubs.  Nas recognised that young players often did not reach their true potential at the same time and in his experience, potential is often reached at different stages in a player's teenage years. Nas has the experience of coaching players coming into a professional environment later which gave them the opportunities that other talented boys were not given.

FAB Academy Scholarship U16-U18

The FAB academy provides a two year full time course to the ‘late developer’ who can demonstrate significant football talent. This fantastic course is offered to Year 11 school leavers that can prove that they have substantial raw talent or whose skills suggest hey could have the potential to play professionally. Fab Academy provides the opportunity for players to develop in a professional environment on a full time intensive football course. There is accommodation for any student that needs to be residential.

The course has two key areas of focus;


The Football. The course is structured by 6-8 practical football sessions per week, with the emphasis of these sessions being on technical, tactical, physical ability and conditioning, as well as psychological elements of the game.


The education. A key element of this scholarship which ensures that the players do not miss out on further educational studies. The players will study 2 days per week to fulfil their educational requirements. The course offered is BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Sport (this is equivalent to 3 A levels). The educational course is delivered by Charters School ‘Ascot’ who received a Grade 1 ‘outstanding’ in their most recent Ofsted report and has an excellent reputation in developing and delivering education to an extremely high standard.

The aim is to provide the right environment, coaching, education and life skills to give the Scholars the best opportunity to succeed once they leave.

Find out more about the Fab Football Academy and all its courses here on their website

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) delivers a range of performance impacting sport science, sport medicine, technology and engineering solutions to Olympic and Paralympic sports along with a select number of non-Olympic sports.

Run in partnership with the British Olympic Association and the EIS at the High Performance Centre, is the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit.

This service is available to UK World Class funded athletes from both summer and winter sports, across all the home nations and non- Olympic sports that invest into the EIS. 

Find out more about the English Institute of Sport here on their website

Established in 1991 the School is a RYA recognised training centre run by Roy and Jan May.  The School Principal is Tom Sowerby.  Over the past 22 years we have won awards for both our training and our customer service.

We offer a wide range of RYA courses from beginners dinghy sailing for children and adults to shore-based theory Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean; all the add-on courses that you would expect, i.e. VHF, GMDSS, First Aid, Diesel Engine and Radar plus practical motor boat handling courses including Inland Waterways Helmsman course (IWHC), Inland Waterways Crew course (IWCC), Powerboat Level 1 & 2, the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), CEVNI test and RYA / MCA Basic Sea Survival / Water Safety. We run the two day shore-based theory RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course aimed at the complete novice, and also have examiners authorised to carry out Boat Safety Scheme inspections.

Find out more information on their website

Click on the links above for more information on any of our on-site partners or get in touch for further information.


Get Berkshire Active
Get Berkshire Active

Located on-site at Bisham Abbey, Get Berkshire Active is the County Sports Partnership for Berkshire promoting the benefits of sport and physical activity. Get Berkshire Active is a charity that is dedicated to delivering improved sporting and physical activity for all.  

The Aims of the Charity Include: 

  • Helping organisations involved in sport and physical activity to work together effectively, providing opportunities for networking, joint planning and sharing resources 
  • Using our resources as a catalyst for new and lasting participation in sport and physical activity. Get Berkshire Active receives funding from the Sport England Lottery Fund to invest in new opportunities for playing sport, coaching sport and volunteering in sport 
  • Offering advice, expertise, training, contacts, promotion and advocacy to assist National Governing Bodies and other sporting organisations to succeed 
  • Encouraging a wide range of organisations including public health, further and higher education and workplaces, to become more involved in the promotion and delivery of sport and physical activity 
  • Generating new investment in sport and physical activity. Provide a reliable route for organisations wanting to invest in community sport or commission sport or physical activity opportunities 

For more information on Get Berkshire Active, visit their website here.