Hartpury is the ideal setting for talented football players to combine top level football in a professional atmosphere while studying for a degree than can open doors to a career beyond sport.

As winners of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier League eight years out of the last nine and as four times BUCS National Champions, Hartpury’s senior football programme has established itself as the best in the UK.

Hartpury players have gone on to secure professional contracts in the UK and across the world.

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As well as top level coaching, our elite players have access to performance services that can include physiotherapy, sports psychology, nutrition advice and strength and conditioning. All academy students also have access to our exceptional sports facilities, from the cardio and power gyms to the six grass and two 3G pitches and the human performance laboratory.

Twenty-two national football titles, thirty-two professionals and six full internationals in 13 years is proof that our forward-thinking training and coaching methods are helping players reach their full potential.

In order for you to be selected onto the football programme, you must first be applying for, or have already accepted, a place onto an academic course at Hartpury University.

Our elite squad will regularly include players who have been with a professional club either as an apprentice or a full-time professional. Others can expect to have had at least extensive trials with professional clubs prior to joining Hartpury.

The elite squad normally comprises of our top two sides: the elite and elite development teams. The players who do not make this squad will have the chance to play regular football and develop at a competitive level.

Trials for prospective players will be held over the course of the year, with the purpose of identifying talented players.

Ultimately places in the programme will be offered based on prior experience, your sporting CV and trials.

Graduate destinations and industry links

Graduate David Accam, who played Champions and Europa league football for Swedish side Helsingborg IF, has recently signed for Chicago Fire in the MLS, scoring 21 goals in his debut season and made the All-Star team in his second season.

Matt Smith is now playing in the Thai premier league for Bangkok Glass FC and Abdul Majeed Waris, who represented Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, is currently playing in France in Ligue 1 for FC Lorient after spells with Spartak Moscow and Trabzonspor.

Hartpury football has excellent links with clubs including; Ostersunds FK (Sweden), FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark), Derby County FC, Fulham FC, Birmingham City FC, Bristol City FC, Bristol Rovers FC, Exeter City FC, Cheltenham Town FC, Swindon Town FC, Newport County FC,  Gloucester City FC and Hereford FC, giving players the perfect platform to take the next step in their career.

My time at Hartpury was great for me in terms of my development, both in education and in football.”

Abdul Majeed Waris Ghana international, professional footballer


Hartpury’s multi-million pound sports facilities offer elite athletes the perfect place to train and develop. Students involved in all our academies will find professional style training environments designed to push athletes to their full potential.

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With such a wide range of sports degree courses to choose from, there’s bound to be one that suits you. We offer everything from Honours and Foundation degrees through to postgraduate study with degrees including Sports Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science and Nutrition, Sports Coaching, Physical Education and School Sport, Sports Business Management and Strength and Conditioning.

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