Succeed with Hartpury Academies

Having produced more than 150 internationals across a range of sports in the past 10 years, we’re skilled at helping elite athletes to combine their study and their sport. If you have an exceptional talent, we'll help you find the optimal balance to achieve sporting and academic excellence and open doors to a career beyond your sport.

As part of one of our university sports academies, you will benefit from our exceptional facilities and have access to a range of professional support services, supporting you to be the best you can become on and off the field. We're also an accredited centre for the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, which provides funding and support to some of our top performers.

Believe it or not, some of our biggest sporting achievers do not start out in our first team squads, rugby internationals Jonny May and Alex Cuthbert included, so don’t worry if you don’t come straight in at the top. We can help you reach your potential.

The development teams are an extremely important part of our programme and play in highly competitive leagues. We’re focused on improving individuals across all of our squads.

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Recreational sport and activities at Hartpury

Sport at Hartpury can be just for fun too! You don’t have to be playing at the highest level or have aspirations to make our senior squads to play sport and get active.

There’s rugby and football at recreational level as well as opportunities to play golf, netball, badminton, basketball, hockey, volleyball and many more!

All students benefit from our exceptional sports facilities and we offer a packed programme of fitness and fun activities to help boost our students’ wellbeing too!

Our Clean Sport commitment

We have the highest level of UK Anti-doping accreditation.

We expect all of our athletes – elite and recreational – to play, train and compete in line with the spirit of sport, including the anti-doping rules.

After a year-long action plan that included a variety of workshops, courses and training advice to help raise awareness among the college’s elite athletes, students and staff, Hartpury now has the top level of accreditation provided by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

Our coaches and staff will not condone, assist or in any way support the use of prohibited substances and methods.

Workshops educate athletes, coaches and other academic and support staff, to ensure they understand the risks of doping and their responsibility towards clean sport, as well as signposting where they can go for more support and advice.

Students and staff are also encouraged to sign up for UKAD’s free online advisors course and some coaches and staff are also trained as anti-doping educators. Posters and hoardings setting out Hartpury’s clean sport commitment are visible across the campus.

Anti-doping education is now being woven into all academic courses, support services and the activities and recreational programme that are offered to all students.

You can sign up for UKAD’s free online advisors course and find more information and useful resources at