The Sky Sports television cameras are heading to Hartpury to broadcast a Championship rugby match live from its specialist campus for the first time.
Rugby fans around the UK will be glued to their TV screens to watch Hartpury RFC play Richmond in a Greene King IPA Championship fixture on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).
The match will take place at the Gillman’s Ground, adjacent to the state-of-the-art Sports Academy on Hartpury University and Hartpury College’s 360-hectare campus.
As the only student-led side in the Championship, Hartpury RFC provides Hartpury students, alumni and staff with an opportunity to play rugby just one level down from the Gallagher Premiership.
Former Hartpury RFC players include England Rugby’s man of the moment Jonny May, who scored a hat-trick of tries against France in a Six Nations match on Sunday.
Tom Radcliffe, Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting the Sky Sports team on Friday for what promises to be another vibrant occasion.
“It’s a fabulous opportunity for our students to showcase their talents to a national TV audience, as well as providing our extensive range of facilities with more great exposure.
“Our first senior international match, between Fiji and Uruguay, attracted a bumper crowd in November and we’re hoping another good crowd on Friday will help spur the boys on to an important win.”
Admission on Friday is £15 on the gate for adults, £10 for over-60s and free for under-17s and Hartpury staff and students with ID cards.
Hartpury is a specialist educational provider located in Gloucestershire with more than 3,600 college and university level students studying postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, A-levels and diplomas in the areas of sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing.
Students at Hartpury have access to one of the world’s largest equine educational facilities and cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry-standard equipment and a fully working farm.
Picture: Richard Bolt with the ball for Hartpury RFC