We have a reputation for developing some of the UK’s brightest women’s rugby talent at our specialist sports campus.

Hartpury’s success in women’s rugby development has been unparalleled since the introduction of the sport in 2008 and we've taken the lead in supporting young, talented women’s rugby players through the best elite talent development programme in the UK.

Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC

It was in the summer of 2014 that the Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC side came into existence and they have made rapid strides ever since.

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More than 20 England Under-20s and 10 senior England squad members have come through the women’s rugby programme at Hartpury, including Women’s Rugby World Cup winners Alex Matthews and Ceri Large. And many of our current degree students are already plying their trade in the Women’s Premiership, including Worcester’s Kelly Smith (studying a Physical Education and School Sport degree) and Lichfield’s Molly Morrissey (studying a Sports Business Management degree), who both play for England Under-20s. Hannah Jones, a full Welsh international and Scotland Under-20s player, Kristin Jones, are also Hartpury students.

And we’ve joined forces with Gloucester Rugby to create a Gloucester-Hartpury women’s rugby team, who play some of their home games at Kingsholm. Led by England women’s rugby legend, Susie Appleby, the team’s ultimate aim is to compete in the Women’s Premiership. A number of our degree students are part of this set-up alongside playing for our university level team in the BUCS leagues.

We will work with you to ensure you can be the best you can be on the rugby pitch and achieve academically, with supervised study and bespoke timetables on offer to elite level players. There is also a real emphasis on individual development and progression through the RFU performance pathway and we've forged strong links with both Worcester and Bristol.

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.

You don’t have to be playing at the highest level to be part of our university women's rugby programme though and all students 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.

In order for you to be selected onto the elite women’s rugby programme, you must first be applying for, or have already accepted, a place onto a university course. The elite squad is then selected through a series of trials held throughout the year prior to joining Hartpury.

I had a great time at Hartpury and it definitely helped me as it provided a really high quality of coaching and gave me the opportunity to get one-on-one advice to help me achieve my individual goals.”

Abbie Brown Great Britain Sevens at Rio 2016, England international


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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