University Rugby academy

Study, train and play in an environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional club. We have an outstanding track record of developing players as well as preparing them for a career beyond their sport. We’ll help you balance your studies and your rugby commitments.

We’re seven-times British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Champions. Among our graduates are professional players including Jonny May, Alex Cuthbert and Ross Moriarty. In fact, more than 150 of our students have gained international caps or signed professional contracts around the world.

You’ll benefit from our extensive links with professional and semi-professional clubs, allowing you to combine playing for Hartpury and an external team. Some players will have the chance to represent our Greene King IPA Championship side - the only student-led team in the league.

Off the pitch you’ll also have access to our performance services. Strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, and nutritionists to lifestyle management and game analysis will keep you performing at your peak.

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 at your level of university sport. The British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues are your chance to compete against some of the UK’s top teams.

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Facilities

Improve all aspects of your game on-site with access to our specialist facilities. Three grass pitches provide and an all-weather 3G pitches provide the perfect surface to play rugby on. Our main pitch has seating for more than 450 spectators and the 3G is tested to IRB regulations.

Our Sports Academy facilities give you access to power gyms and treatment suites, as well as human performance and biomechanics labs.

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I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am now if I hadn’t come to Hartpury. It’s the best place I can think of to develop your rugby and further yourself academically."

Jonny May England and Gloucester Rugby winger

Sport degrees

Our students go on to change the lives of professional athletes, as well as the people involved in community and school sports. They also graduate with valuable skills to succeed in a range of different careers.

We're home to top-level coaches, sport and exercise scientists, nutritionists, conditioners, medics and athletes, across 10 Sports Academy programmes, as well as our student-led rugby team, Hartpury RFC. Our Sports Academies have produced over 200 international sports stars over recent years.

Our outstanding sports facilities mean you can develop your skills as an industry specialist would.

You’ll benefit from some of the UK’s most advanced sports technology including an anti-gravity treadmill, altitude chamber, high-tech 3D tracking cameras and high-resolution digital mirrors.