Be the best in the booming sport business – open the door to your dream career at Hartpury

Sport is a major global business that is expanding all the time and it needs graduates with excellent commercial and industry knowledge and experience. That could be you!

Studying one of Hartpury University Centre’s Sport Business Management Honours or Foundation degrees would put you in the perfect position to drive future growth in the sports industry in the UK and beyond and help it meet the challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

And you would be in illustrious company…England and Gloucester Rugby star, Jonny May, is a Hartpury Sports Business Management graduate! These degrees are a popular choice for students developing their sport as part of one of our elite academies alongside studying for a qualification that will open doors to a career beyond their sport.

These exciting degree courses have been developed with input from the best in the sport business, from professional clubs to events companies and experts in sales, marketing and facilities. An embedded work placement in the second year of the Honours degree will enable you to gain valuable work experience to boost your CV as well as important contacts. For a flavour of what life is like as a Sports Business Management student at Hartpury, why not watch our video?

So why Hartpury for your sports business degree?

With a Premiership rugby team based on our specialist sports campus as well as a thriving Gloucestershire and south west sporting scene, Hartpury University Centre is perfectly placed to be at the forefront of shaping the future of the sports industry.

Students on these degrees benefit from Hartpury’s established relationships and partnerships with professional clubs, governing bodies and major sport brands. Plus, of course, Hartpury already has an outstanding reputation for its exceptional facilities, regularly hosting international sports teams as well as three international equine events annually. We were an Official Team Base for the Scotland and USA rugby teams during Rugby World Cup 2015!

These all provide exceptional opportunities for our students to gain work and real world experience, both with the commercial businesses and events on campus as well as using our extensive local, regional, national and international networks.

For example, a group of Sports Business Management degree students were offered a unique opportunity supporting the UK’s largest professional cycle race – the Tour of Britain - working for SweetSpot – the sports events and marketing company behind the successful revival of the race. While some students were involved in the logistical planning and branding for the race, others focused on Public Relations, Sales and Sponsorship.

Students also have opportunities to visit clubs, stadia and high profile events to bring their learning to life.  

Be the next chapter in our success story

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment within world class facilities supported by outstanding specialist teaching and coaching staff with vast industry experience.

Our Sport Business Management graduates have gone on to work in marketing and public relations with professional clubs, as successful sports agents, in sales and in event organisation throughout the UK and internationally. Others have set up their own successful businesses in the sporting sphere and beyond.

Take Michael Casey, working as the Communications and Media Manager for Doncaster Knights rugby team, or account director Laura Walkerden, who has worked with Usain Bolt and got the chance to take the Olympic flame from Athens through to the lighting of the cauldron at the London 2012 opening ceremony as part of the Lloyds Banking Group’s sponsorship team.

Hartpury is the perfect place to go if you love sport. Whether you want a career on the pitch or off the pitch, Hartpury is the kind of environment where you can focus on your sport, get access to the best coaching and the best facilities and get a solid grounding in how the sports industry works. The thing I liked best about my degree was the focus on the real world.



Michael Casey, Hartpury graduate Communications and Media Manager for Doncaster Knights

Hartpury also offers a wide range of Honours and Foundation sport degrees and postgraduate study in areas such as Sport Therapy, Sports Coaching, Physical Education and School Sport, Sport and Exercise Science, Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning.

And if you’re dreaming of a career in the international equine business, Hartpury also offers degrees including the BSc (Hons) in International Horseracing Business and BA (Hons) Equine Business Management.

To discover how you could be the next chapter in Hartpury’s success story, take a look at our courses, book on to an open day, download a prospectus or call  us on 01452 702345.

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