Hartpury named as new football Super Hub


Hartpury College has scored another major sporting success after being selected as a new football Super Hub, putting it at the forefront of the latest Football Association initiatives.

Renowned for its sporting excellence, it is among only 22 education providers across England to have been awarded the prestigious honour by the Association of Colleges Sport (AoC) in partnership with the FA.

The network of Super Hubs has been established to demonstrate the excellence and innovation existing amongst the college sector’s football and futsal offers.

Over the next two academic years, Super Hubs will receive access to additional support in the delivery and development of their football and futsal offer, through both individual and networking meetings.

They will have first access to pilot projects and innovation sessions to support in the development of the game, as well as the opportunity to apply for further funding.

They will also have opportunities to showcase their strengths within women and girls’ football, participation, performance, workforce and the community, while learning from one another to strive for continuous improvement.

Paul Tassell, Football Academy Manager at Hartpury, said: “We were absolutely thrilled when we found out we’d become one of the new Super Hubs – it’s a real feather in the cap.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with the AoC and the Football Association as part of our firm commitment to raising standards and to providing a flourishing football community.

“We’re delighted to have already provided a number of students with the platform to become professional footballers, including Ghana internationals David Accam and Abdul Majeed Waris, and look forward to seeing more of them enjoying big futures in the game.”

Students at Hartpury College have access to a range of top-class sports facilities on its 360-hectare campus, which it shares with Hartpury University, including a floodlit grass football pitch and two 3G all-weather surfaces.

Hartpury’s new £8.8 million Sports Academy includes a biomechanics laboratory, a rehabilitation suite featuring an anti-gravity treadmill, and a human performance laboratory with an altitude chamber and sports hall.

Picture: Football students at Hartpury

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