Hartpury has become the first university in the UK to gain re-accreditation for its Elite status within the UKAD Clean Sport Accreditation.
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) ensures sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s national anti-doping policy.
The UKAD Clean Sport Accreditation recognises the positive work of academic institutions in promoting the ethos of clean sport through their culture, policies, practices, research and education.
Hartpury gained accreditation at Elite level – the highest tier available – when it applied for the first time in 2015.
The Clean Sport Accreditation panel said Hartpury’s latest application continued to display best practice and it commended a clear commitment to clean sport.
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.
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.”
Picture: Liam Jefferson from UKAD presenting a plaque to Charlie Beestone, Academy nutritionist and performance lifestyle coach at Hartpury