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