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. 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.
If you’re over 17 and have special dispensation (applied for by us and approved through Gloucestershire Rugby Union) you could be part of our senior Gloucester-Hartpury programme. Players will need to demonstrate the ability to cope physically and mentally with senior rugby.Find out more about Gloucester-Hartpury Women RFC
Our Hartpury University Women’s Rugby Academy will be holding assessment days on Thursday 23 February 2023, 10:00am – 1:00pm and Sunday 21 May 2023, 11:00am — 2:00pm, for any prospective university students for the forthcoming academic year (September 2023). 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.
It is strongly advised that all those wishing to be part of the Women’s Rugby Academy attend one of these days, as it is hoped that any unanswered questions regarding the rugby provision at Hartpury University will be able to be answered, in addition to students getting an initial feel for the level of the women’s rugby programme that is provided.
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