New Hartpury course will open doors to success in sports business


Hartpury are aiming to give their students the perfect platform to a great career in the sports business with the launch of their new Masters course in Sports Management.

Hartpury graduates who have gone on to forge careers in the industry joined top Gloucestershire businessmen from the sporting sphere to unveil the course at an event at Hartpury Sports Academy yesterday (Tuesday, January 28th).

Chairman of Cheltenham Music Festival 2014 and former Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, Edward Gillespie, Cheltenham Town’s Chairman Paul Baker and Director Tim Russon, Gloucester Rugby’s Financial Controller John Parker and the Stadiums and Match Day Operations Manager at Cricket South Africa Sports Stadia, Jeremy Evans, all attended the launch, which was part of a wider Business Careers Event.

The event was aimed at helping Hartpury’s current Sports and Equine Business Management students get on track to a great career, with advice and information from graduates in the workplace as well as invaluable guidance from these leaders in the sports business, who were able to share a wealth of their local, national and international experience.

Students attending the event got the chance to take part in a room 101 style panel offering top tips on interviews and giving the best first impression. They also listened to an interesting talk from former England and Bath Rugby Union centre and Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury College, Phil de Glanville, on the importance of studying, networking and gaining experience.

Following the event, students and graduates were able to network with the top business people at the event and successful Hartpury graduates to understand more about how to succeed in the world of business.

Edward Gillespie was full of praise for a course that will equip graduates with specific industry-related skills: “As employers, we try to train our staff in the broadest possible way, and if they are taking a professional, well organised Masters programme like this one, then actually they are doing something which is far better than any training we can provide. It’s very profitable for businesses.”

The MA Sports Management course will launch this September and will enable professionals already in the sports industry to gain academic qualifications and further develop their work-based skills and experience, as well as giving graduates the best possible chance of a successful career.

The course will give the skills that are crucial for success at senior levels of sports management and examine the latest trends in the industry. It will offer bespoke pathways in Equine and Golf Management as well as work placement opportunities to boost employability.

Rebecca Calver, who graduated from the Equine Business Management degree in 2011, said: “When I first started at Hartpury I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career and so I really enjoyed the freedom of being able to mix business and equine modules. I now work for World Horse Welfare as an International Programme Officer, which combines my love of travel and project management. I’m responsible for training and community support programmes to improve the welfare for working equines in South Africa, Senegal, Cambodia and Haiti.

“The course at Hartpury opened up many opportunities to me and prepared me for each of my job roles.”

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