Hartpury College

Women's Rugby


Could you be the next chapter in Hartpury’s sporting success story?

Join the women’s rugby programme at Hartpury and you could run out at Kingsholm for Gloucester Rugby!

As the UK’s most successful sporting college, Hartpury is developing some of the UK’s brightest women’s rugby talent at our specialist sports campus. We’ve still got places for September 2016 and a limited number of bursaries are available!

Many of our university centre students already ply their trade in the Women’s Premiership while studying with us. These include Worcester’s Kelly Smith (studying a Physical Education and School Sport degree) and Lichfield’s Molly Morrissey (studying a Sports Business Management degree), who both play for England Under-20s, while Sports Therapy degree student Hannah Jones has played for Wales and Foundation degree Sports Performance student, Kristin Jones, represents Scotland.

If you can think of nothing better than playing competitive rugby and developing your skills as you study for your university degree, there really is no place like Hartpury.

We’re at the heart of supporting the next generation of women’s rugby talent. More than 20 England Under-20s and 10 senior England squad members have come through the women’s rugby programme here. These include back Alex Matthews and fly-half Ceri Large - stand-out performers for England women’s rugby team that won the last World Cup.


And in 2014, we joined forces with Gloucester Rugby to create a new Gloucester-Hartpury women’s rugby team, who play some of their home games at Kingsholm. Led by England women’s rugby legend, Susie Appleby, the team’s ultimate aim is to compete in the Women’s Premiership. A number of our degree students are part of this set-up alongside playing for our university level team in the BUCS leagues.

Our men’s teams have had incredible success too, having won the AASE League National Colleges title seven years in a row (ever since the competition started!) and the BUCS title five times.

It’s no surprise that Hartpury has an outstanding reputation for supporting young players to take their development to the next level.

Studying on our specialist sports campus offers unrivalled opportunities to achieve your potential on and offer the field. We will work with you to ensure you can be the best you can be on rugby pitch and achieve academically, with supervised study and bespoke timetables on offer to elite level players.


(Above)England Women’s senior players Abbie Brown and Sydney Gregson both studied at Hartpury.

As well as top level coaching, our elite players have access to professional support including physiotherapy and strength and conditioning.

You don’t have to be playing at the highest level to be part of our rugby programme though, and all students have access to our exceptional sports facilities, from the cardio and power gyms to the six grass and two 3G pitches and the human performance laboratory.

We’ll give you the coaching and support you need to reach your potential and, as a sports student at Hartpury, you’ll benefit from work with elite athletes and top level coaches from our eight academies in an environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional club.


And with so many sports courses to choose from, there’s bound to be one that suits you. We offer everythingfrom Honours and Foundation degrees through to postgraduate study with programmes including Sports Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science and Nutrition, Sports Coaching, Physical Education and School Sport and Strength and Conditioning. You could even choose to study one of our equine, animal or agriculture degree courses, plus we offer a wide range of A-levels and BTEC Diplomas.

We work with professionals clubs, governing bodies and industry leaders in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs. A degree is so much more than a piece of paper at Hartpury. Just ask our graduates, like Lee Douglas, who is now working as a strength and conditioning coach for Canada’s rugby team, or Laura Walkerden, a sports marketer who was involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

To find out more about the courses we offer and our women’s rugby programme, go to www.hartpury.ac.uk or e-mail susie.appleby@hartpury.ac.uk

You can also take a look at our course pages on the website, download a prospectus or apply for your university course online here