Hartpury is supporting 2019 Clean Sport Week in partnership with UKAD – the national anti-doping organisation for the UK.
As the UK’s premier sport and education setting, Hartpury is dedicated to providing students and staff with the confidence that their training and competition environment is fair, through its commitment to clean sport.
Hartpury is among the leading organisations across the UK that are backing Clean Sport Week, which celebrates ‘clean’ athletes and their achievements, as well as highlighting the work being done to stamp out drug-taking.
This year’s campaign, which is running this week, is focusing on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs and the motivations for their use in gym environments.
Tom Radcliffe, the Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury, said: “We adopt the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society.
“Promoting clean sport underpins all our programmes and services, including through a comprehensive and dedicated education programme for all staff and students.
“This education programme is woven into all aspects of the work we do, including our Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), to create a positive student experience for everyone at Hartpury.
“While we want our students to be successful, any form of cheating, including drug-taking, is absolutely unacceptable.
“All our students and staff are expected to play, train and compete in line with the spirit of sport, including the anti-doping rules.
“We’re committed to creating future generations of clean athletes, ensuring that all participants understand and practise the values of clean sport.”
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.