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The perfect partnership

We’re deeply proud to have a longstanding partnership with Edgbaston and Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Our home city has so much to offer, and we continue to partner with organisations both locally and nationally who contribute to the economic, cultural and social growth of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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These partnerships enrich the experience we are able to provide to our students, through real-world application of their studies. Through the skills, expertise and experience of our students and staff, we are delighted that BCU also makes a difference to our partners, and the communities they serve.

It is the richness of opportunity on both sides which makes our partnership with Edgbaston and Warwickshire County Cricket Club so special. We’ve worked together since 2016, and in that time, have seen many students pass through the gates of this famous old ground as they augment their studies with practical application in fields as diverse as sports therapy and strength and conditioning, photography and marketing. We’ve seen too the benefits that the fresh perspectives of our students can bring to the club – from players being treated by our students to seeing the club’s merchandise shot by our talented photographers.

Placements and live projects

Sports Journalism

Third-year Sports Journalism students supported Warwickshire County Cricket Club's last game of the season. They had the chance to interview one of the club's top players, Oliver Hannon-Dalby as well as the team's coach Mark Robinson

Placement stories at Edgbaston


The brief consisted of photographing merchandise for the club’s website, using the professional photography studios in our very own Parkside building. Photography students took on roles such as art direction and project management.

Photography Live Brief


There's no better way to prepare for work than to experience it first-hand. We have had various students from across our university undertake placement years at Warwickshire County Cricket Club's Edgbaston Stadium.

Placements at Edgbaston

Cricket on Campus

Players and coaching staff alike have been regular visitors to our campuses over the years.

Interview with Chris Woakes

Joined by Mo, a sports student, Chris answers questions about his journey to the international stage, his training, and the highs and lows of his career. Get an inside look at the life of one of England's top cricket players and discover what it takes to make it to the top.

Behind the Scenes with Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Join Kieran, a Media Production student, as they spend the day helping out with Warwickshire County Cricket Club's content day on campus, where they get to assist in creating engaging content for the club's social media channels. 


The team gets trained up at City South Campus

Warwickshire County Cricket Club took part in sessions lead by students from the University’s sport courses. The players received training about eating nutritious, balanced meals on match days as well as a strength and conditioning session.

Bears bring the coffee

Birmingham Bears captain and T20 star Carlos Brathwaite handed out free coffee to staff and students at Birmingham City University to mark the return of the University’s name to the team’s playing shirts and a two-year extension to the current commercial partnership. 


Innovative video-trial system helps unearth fresh cricket talent

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has revolutionised its selection process by accepting video submissions from aspiring young cricketers as it builds on co-funded research with BCU into ...

BCU bowls over Warwickshire with new sponsorship deal

BCU has strengthened its links with Warwickshire County Cricket Club by signing a new sponsorship deal for the 2023 season. Already Warwickshire’s official university partner, BCU will now have its...

Cricketers still need a substitute plan if the sport is to reduce suicide rates, says WCCC boss

Despite efforts to reduce suicide rates in recent years, sportsmen and women still need more support to find a purpose when they retire, says Warwic...

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A Legacy of Sport

As the University for our city, we've been supporting and celebrating the efforts of staff, students and alumni to help Birmingham shine on a world stage during the summer of 2022.

Whether it was performances from our outstanding musical alumni, our exceptional facilities that supported athletes from across the world or how our students designed costumes to wow visitors and Birmingham residents alike.

Summer of sport and culture

Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences was established in 2014 to accommodate our growing biomedical science and sports courses portfolio alongside our health and social care courses.

We invested £41 million to extend our building to accommodate new facilities  which give us world-class research and teaching spaces.

Health Sciences at BCU

Sports Journalism

Get practical preparation for a career in sports journalism with our BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree course. You’ll get the chance to develop the skills to cover a range of sports stories for print, digital, TV and radio, including covering live matches and competitions, interviewing key figures and running collaborative liveblogs.

Sports Journalism at BCU

Edgbaston Stadium

Edgbaston Stadium is one of the leading venues in world cricket and has been the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club since 1885. For more than 100 years, first-class and international cricket has been played in Birmingham.

During that time the stadium has hosted all the great players of the game and delivered some of the most iconic moments in the history of the sport.

Visit the official Warwickshire County Cricket Club site with news, fixtures, tables and ticket information.

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[00:00:10] The partnership between Edgbaston and BCU is really important to us. I think the university is a big institution in the city, as is the cricket ground. So bringing the two together is really important in terms of the expertise that we can get from the university. But also I think the profile that we give to the university globally. Student placements are excellent, brilliant for us because they bring in fresh ideas, they bring in energy and are bringing different perspectives and experiences for the players 

[00:00:35] The benefits are twofold. The first is that by having people like medical students and sports science students come into the back office, it helps the players improve and get ready for a season and improve their performance on the field.

[00:00:47] Secondly, the players do use the university sports facilities so it improves their training, particularly pre-season. The link with BCU and Tom Brown has been pivotal. It will change the way that we think about recruiting more diverse people into the cricket community. So without BCU, I don't think that work would exist and therefore we wouldn't be able to make some of the changes that we're making today.