Hartpury has been officially accredited by a prestigious national scheme for leading the way in how it supports talented athletes in education in England.
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) formally recognises an institution’s commitment to supporting student athletes and allowing them to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.
As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Hartpury will be an important extension of a network of universities partnered with TASS – which is backed by Sport England – delivering core support services to student athletes.
These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology, and strength and conditioning.
Tom Radcliffe, Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury, said: “As a specialist education provider, we’re extremely proud that Hartpury meets the high standards required by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.
“A fundamental aspect of the work we do at Hartpury is ensuring we provide the perfect environment for our students to fulfil their potential, such as by tailoring their timetables to fit around their academic and sporting commitments and arranging catch-up sessions with their tutors.
“It’s a real credit to all the staff at Hartpury that we’ve achieved Dual Career Accredited Site status and official recognition for their dedication to doing their utmost to provide our students with the best possible support.”
TASS is recognised globally as a leader in ‘dual career’ and has worked with and advised bodies as diverse as the IOC, EU and many government and sporting organisations.
TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England.
“Dual career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s why the Accreditation Scheme is so important for us in recognising those institutions who place precedence on their athletes’ education too.”
Hartpury has specialist sports academies in men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men’s football, women’s football, rowing, golf, modern pentathlon, netball, equine and athlete performance.
Hartpury University and Hartpury College sit alongside one another on the same 360-hectare specialist campus near Cheltenham and Gloucester that has benefited from more than £50 million of investment over the past 20 years.
Specialising in sport, agriculture, animal, equine and veterinary nursing, it is home to more than 3,600 college and university level students studying postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas and A-levels.
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.