As the UK’s most successful sporting college, Hartpury has an enviable reputation for developing some of the UK’s brightest women’s rugby talent at our specialist sports campus.

Hartpury’s success in women’s rugby development has been unparalleled since the introduction of the sport to the college in 2008 and we've taken the lead in supporting young, talented women’s rugby players through the best elite talent development programme in the UK.

Our Under-18s women’s squad has had unrivalled team and individual success, winning all of the national college titles and more than 20 England Under-20s and 10 senior England squad members have come through the programme here, including Women’s Rugby World Cup winners Alex Matthews and Ceri Large. Hannah Jones, a full Welsh international and Scotland Under-20s player, Kristin Jones, are also students here.

Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC

It was in the summer of 2014 that the Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC side came into existence and they have made rapid strides ever since.

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We will work with you to ensure you can be the best you can be on the rugby field while achieving academic qualifications. There is a real emphasis on individual development and progression through the our women’s rugby program and the RFU performance pathway with opportunity to become the best player possible.

As well as top level coaching, our elite players have access to performance services that can include physiotherapy, sports psychology, nutrition advice and strength and conditioning. All academy members also 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.

In order for you to be selected onto the elite women’s rugby programme, you must first be applying for, or have already accepted, a place onto an academic course at Hartpury College. The elite squad is then selected through a series of trials held throughout the year prior to joining Hartpury. 

If you are interested in being part of the Under-18s women’s rugby academy, fill in the form to the right.

I had a great time at Hartpury and it definitely helped me as it provided a really high quality of coaching and gave me the opportunity to get one-on-one advice to help me achieve my individual goals.

Abbie Brown Great Britain Sevens at Rio 2016, England international


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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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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