The Sky Sports television cameras are heading to Hartpury to broadcast a Championship rugby match live from its specialist campus.
Rugby fans around the UK will have the opportunity to watch Hartpury University RFC take on Coventry in a Greene King IPA Championship fixture on Saturday 25 January (kick-off 2pm).
The televised match will take place at the Alpas Arena, adjacent to the new £8.8 million Sports Academy, on Hartpury University and Hartpury College’s 360-hectare campus.
It follows last year’s landmark visit by Sky Sports to broadcast live coverage of Hartpury University RFC’s Championship victory over Richmond.
As the only student-led side in the Championship, Hartpury University RFC provides Hartpury students, alumni and staff with an opportunity to play rugby just one level down from the Gallagher Premiership.
Former Hartpury University RFC players include current England Rugby team-mates Jonny May and Ellis Genge, and British and Irish Lions and Wales forward Ross Moriarty.
Tom Radcliffe, Director of Elite Sport at Hartpury, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting the Sky Sports team again, following the success of last year’s game against Richmond.
“It’s another excellent opportunity for our players to showcase their talents to a national TV audience, as well as highlighting the superb facilities we have to offer on campus.
“The boys have already produced some memorable performances this season and hopefully a bumper crowd against Coventry will help spur them on to another great result.”
Admission on Friday is £15 on the gate for adults, £10 for over-65s and free for under-18s 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 PhDs, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas in the areas of sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing, and A-levels.
Students at Hartpury have access to one of the world’s largest equine educational facilities, cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry-standard equipment and a fully working farm.
Picture: The Hartpury University RFC squad for the 2019-20 season