There are three strands to Hartpury’s rowing programme:
GB Rowing Team ‘Start’ – for students meeting specific physical criteria as laid out by the GB ‘Start’ programme
- Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) – a support programme targeting potential GB Junior triallists
- Rowing Development Programme – for junior rowers of all abilities wishing to develop their rowing skills and training alongside academic study
Athletes on the programme will benefit from excellent land training facilities at Hartpury alongside water-based training at Gloucester Rowing Club’s new £1.6million pound boathouse, opening in 2017. This sits alongside one of the best stretches of rowing water in the UK with 50 kilometres of sheltered, uninterrupted training water that does not flood!
And, as part of an elite squad, your development will be supported by having access to professional services that could include psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning. Details on the benefits and costs for those enrolling in September 2017 will be confirmed in early 2017.
Due to the demands of the rowing programme (a typical week for an elite squad member comprises of eight to 10 sessions over six days), students applying are advised to consider only taking places on a variety of A Level courses or a BTEC Diploma in Sports Coaching or Sport and Exercise Science. You can see a sample rowing timetable here.
Elite development programme selection
Selection for the Elite Development programme is based on potential, rather than current rowing performance. Candidates with no previous rowing experience will initially need to meet the GB Rowing Team ‘Start’ minimum height criteria (188cm for men, 178cm for women) after which they may be invited for further assessment to test their suitability for the sport. Existing rowers will need to either meet the criteria above or demonstrate previous performance which indicates genuine potential for development towards selection for the GB Junior or U23 teams.
Selection takes place between October and March of each academic year, with places being confirmed by Easter, prior to the applicant taking up that place for the following September. Applications received after Easter will be considered, but availability of places for the following academic year cannot be guaranteed.
Development programme selection
The Development programme is aimed at rowers who do not currently meet the selection criteria for the Elite Development programme, but who wish to develop their rowing further alongside their academic studies. The goals within this group range from those who aspire to join the Elite Development programme, through to those who simply want to take part in the sport and compete at the appropriate level. The development programme is non-selective, and is open to rowers of all abilities. A minimum of one year’s previous rowing experience is recommended.
Scholarships are offered to elite rowers 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.
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 contribute towards the cost of student accommodation.