EXCELLENCE IN RUGBY

As the UK’s most successful sports college, we’re skilled at helping elite athletes to find the optimal balance to achieve sporting and academic excellence and open doors to a career beyond your sport.

Winners of the AASE Championship national colleges title for seven years in a row - every year since the competition started - our Under-18s rugby programme is arguably the most successful in the country. As well as a proud record of international honours - more than 150 rugby internationals in the last 10 years - hundreds of our students have gone on to secure professional contracts, with almost half of the current Gloucester Rugby senior and Academy squads having come from the Hartpury ranks!

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As a member of the rugby academy, you will have the opportunity to compete at the very highest level of college sport and complete your studies in a variety of BTEC or A Level subjects.

You will also benefit from our exceptional facilities and have access to a range of professional support services, which could include specialist coaching, nutrition advice, performance analysis, sports psychology, strength and conditioning and physiotherapy, supporting you to be the best you can become on and off the field.

Believe it or not, some of our biggest sporting achievers at Hartpury do not start out in our elite squads, rugby internationals Jonny May and Alex Cuthbert included, so don’t worry if you don’t come straight in at the top.

The elite development and development teams are an extremely important part of our programme and play in highly competitive leagues. We’re focused on improving individuals across all of our squads.

To access this support players must become members of the Sports Academy.  The cost of this membership is £60 for the 2016-17 academic year for College students, which works out at less than £2 a week for the year. This cost provides students with:

  • Eligibility to participate in AOC competition
  • AOC competition entry fees paid
  • Transport to fixtures and training where required
  • Access to kit, equipment and facilities for academy training with qualified coaches
  • Access to Hartpury Sport Academy Hub

Unfortunately students who are not members of the Sports Academy are not eligible to play for Hartpury College.

In order for you to be selected into the junior rugby programme, you must first be applying for, or have already accepted, a place onto a College course at Hartpury College.

Open trials for prospective players are held in the first week of September, with the purpose of identifying talented players to join the Hartpury Rugby programme. Places in the programme will be offered based on prior experience, your rugby CV and performance in trials.

Scholarships are offered to elite players on an individual basis and are directly related to sporting and academic performance usually determined through a sporting CV and achievements prior to joining Hartpury. The usual criteria for awarding a student a scholarship would be for those who we believe to be of international standard or potential international standard.

These are re-assessed on an annual basis, with a review looking at academic and sporting performance, as well as an individual’s disciplinary record and behaviour, over the course of the 12 month period. Scholarships will generally cover accommodation fees and/or elite sport membership costs.

You can view a sample timetable for the junior rugby programme. Please note that this is only an example and that academic lesson times will vary depending on course. 

View junior rugby sample timetable

Hartpury U18 Rugby Academy Taster Day

Our U18 Rugby Academy are holding taster days on Tuesday 24th October 2017 and Tuesday 13th February 2018, for any prospective students for the forthcoming academic year (September 2018). The taster days are for rugby players who are looking to apply for an academic course here at Hartpury and are designed to give both players and parents an introduction to the Academy.

It is strongly advised that all those wishing to be part of the rugby academy attend one of these days, as it is hoped that any unanswered questions regarding the rugby provision at the college will be able to be answered, in addition to students to getting an initial feel for the level of the rugby programme that is provided.

Please complete the following details below to register your place, ensuring you select the relevant date you would like to attend. Once registered, further information regarding the schedule of the day will be emailed nearer the time.

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To access this support players must become members of the Sports Academy.  The cost of this membership is £60 for the 2016-17 academic year for College students, which works out at less than £2 a week for the year. This cost provides students with:

  • Eligibility to participate in AOC competition
  • AOC competition entry fees paid
  • Transport to fixtures and training where required
  • Access to kit, equipment and facilities for academy training with qualified coaches
  • Access to Hartpury Sport Academy Hub

Unfortunately students who are not members of the Sports Academy are not eligible to play for Hartpury College.

In order for you to be selected into the junior rugby programme, you must first be applying for, or have already accepted, a place onto a College course at Hartpury College.

Open trials for prospective players are held in the first week of September, with the purpose of identifying talented players to join the Hartpury Rugby programme. Places in the programme will be offered based on prior experience, your rugby CV and performance in trials.

Scholarships are offered to elite players on an individual basis and are directly related to sporting and academic performance usually determined through a sporting CV and achievements prior to joining Hartpury. The usual criteria for awarding a student a scholarship would be for those who we believe to be of international standard or potential international standard.

These are re-assessed on an annual basis, with a review looking at academic and sporting performance, as well as an individual’s disciplinary record and behaviour, over the course of the 12 month period. Scholarships will generally cover accommodation fees and/or elite sport membership costs.

You can view a sample timetable for the junior rugby programme. Please note that this is only an example and that academic lesson times will vary depending on course. 

View junior rugby sample timetable

I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am now if I hadn’t come to Hartpury. It’s the best place I can think of to develop your rugby and further yourself academically.

 

Jonny May England and Gloucester Rugby winger

SPORTS FACILITIES

Hartpury’s multi-million pound sports facilities offer elite athletes the perfect place to train and develop. Students involved in all our academies will find professional style training environments designed to push athletes to their full potential.

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RELATED COURSES

All of our Sport courses will give you a sound understanding and knowledge of the sports industry, whether it’s fitness, therapy or coaching, plus the practical experience to back that up and boost your CV.

And if you’re interested in developing your rugby performance alongside the study of coaching and training, our specialist diplomas could be perfect for you.

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