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Women's Rugby Academy

We offer talented women’s rugby players the chance to study and play in an environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional club.

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We have an outstanding track record of developing players as well as preparing them for a career beyond their sport.

You’ll learn from some of the best coaches at Hartpury. We’ll support you to achieve excellence in your academic studies and your rugby. Our students have gone on to play in World Cups, represent their international sides and play in the top women’s rugby leagues.

More than 20 England Under-20s and 10 senior England squad members have come through the programme here, including Women’s Rugby World Cup winners Alex Matthews and Ceri Large. A number of players have also earned full-time 7s and full-time 15s contracts.

We also have extensive links with the USA, Hong Kong, France and Canada, providing opportunities to travel and play abroad. While you’re with us, you can gain invaluable work experience and build links for your future career.

We design your timetable with you in mind, meaning you'll get the best from your qualification and your training. As well as weekly sessions from dedicated coaches, you’ll have opportunities to compete against some of the best college sides in the country.

Assessment days

Our Hartpury University Women’s Rugby Academy will be holding assessment days on Saturday 20 April 2024, 2pm — 4pm for any prospective students for the forthcoming academic year (September 2024). These assessment days are for rugby players who are looking to apply for an academic course here at Hartpury University and are designed to give both players and parents an introduction to the Women’s University Rugby Academy.

Hartpury is proud to be a Rugby Football Union University Partner in recognition of its commitment to further enhancing the rugby experience for its students.

As the sport’s governing body in England, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) continues to give a huge endorsement to the work of its 14 partnership universities, which includes Hartpury, to develop rugby union.

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Over 250 international athletes have developed their talents at Hartpury over the past 15 years. From equestrian medal-winners at the Olympics, to our BUCS-winning squads for men's and women's rugby and men's football, we nurture the very best talent.

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Equine Academy

Our equestrian athletes receive world-class coaching to develop their competition careers. Graduates include Rio Olympic medal winner Astier Nicolas and dressage star Olivia Oakeley.

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Men’s Rugby Academy

Our successful student-led team, Hartpury University RFC, plays and trains on campus. Professional players Jonny May, Alex Cuthbert, Seb Negri, Harry Randall, Jonny Hill and Ben Vellacott are among our graduates.

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Women’s Football Academy

We have teams in the BUCS league for football and futsal. Students play regularly in the Women's Futsal Super Series live on BT Sport. Players also feature for club sides in the National League.

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Men’s Football Academy

Our senior football programme is among the best in the UK. We're 11-time BUCS Premier League winners and five-time BUCS national champions. Successful graduates include Ghana internationals Abdul Majeed Waris and David Accam, and Mustapha Bundu who played for Sierra Leone in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Rowing Academy

Five former students and staff were named in Team GB rowing squad for the Tokyo Olympics. We've seen numerous Home International appearances, as well as Henley Regatta, National Schools and BUCS Regatta wins. We have a strong relationship with British Rowing.

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Golf Academy

We play in the top levels in the BUCS leagues, BUCS Golf Tour and The R & A competitions. Former student George Bryant won the English and Welsh BUCS Golf Championship, and Joe Buenfeld won the Junior European Open.

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Netball Academy

Our Netball Academy is coached by netball star Jess Shaw. We're a Team Bath Netball Academy Development Centre and BUCS league winners. Students play for Netball Superleague teams.

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Athlete Performance Academy

We support athletes competing at the top of their national governing body talent pathway, including athletics, biathlon, cricket, swimming, and others.

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Modern Pentathlon Academy

Hartpury has an outstanding track record of developing athletes, as one of Pentathlon GB’s leading modern pentathlon academies.

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