Hartpury College have confirmed that they are launching a brand new football team in order to provide “further opportunities to become professional footballers” to players in both their Junior and Senior football academies.
The side, named Hartpury University FC, will play in the Hellenic League Division Two North against sides like Tuffley Rovers Development, Slimbridge Development and Fairford Town Reserves once the 2020/21 season gets under way.
On Hartpury’s website, Football Academy Manager Paul Tassell has released the following statement.
“The academy continues to grow after the consistent success at college and university level and we have more than 40 players placed in non-League clubs to facilitate their development.
Our successful relationships with a number of clubs have helped more than 35 of our players follow their dreams by playing professional football.
The time is now right to give more opportunities to our growing base of young players and increase their development further.
We hope to see more successes of our players in the future from this new innovative and forward-thinking project.
We have an amazing team of staff who will drive this forward and continue our success.”
The side will be coached by UEFA A Licenced Coach Dr Martin Longworth and he has also given his reaction to the news on the Hartpury website.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of this new chapter of Hartpury football.
We have a fantastic reputation for nurturing talent in college and university football, and this is now an opportunity for us to make our mark on the domestic game.
The launch of Hartpury University FC will also have immense benefits for students enrolled on our various academic programmes, as it will provide them with opportunities to work closely with the squad, gain valuable industry experience and generate research outputs.
It is an exciting prospect for me personally and I can’t wait to get started.”
Over the years Hartpury have seen a number of players go on to play as high as the Champions League and the World Cup and as of summer 2019 have 36 alumni who have gone on to play professional football having played and studied at Hartpury.