Hartpury offers sponsorship of its 10 sporting academies to businesses

Ten sporting academies already put Hartpury University and Hartpury College on an elite list of the nation’s very best centres of excellence, and now businesses are being invited to sponsor each one for the season ahead - and beyond.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Hartpury celebrates some of the businesses that supported its sporting academies through the 2021/2022 season.

Already recognised as one of the UK's centres of sporting excellence, Hartpury University and Hartpury College is inviting businesses to become part of the success story through its Kick Start Campaign - a package of sponsorship options for the year ahead.

It is not just an opportunity for a businesses to align their brands with one of the 10 exciting sports academies and their teams, but a chance to underline their commitment to the county, their community and help the next generation of talent thrive.

First launched in 2021 focusing almost solely on the women's rugby team, Kick Start now also offers companies sponsorship and branding opportunities with Hartpury men's rugby, football, rowing, netball, golf, modern pentathlon, athlete performance and equine academies.

Stuart Emmerson, director of business development at Hartpury, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves, win new business and simultaneously support the next generation of talent.

‘It’s been a challenging time for many of our academies with sport restricted during Covid and we are hoping even more businesses will back this year’s campaign.’

Vitruvius, Renouf Wealth Management, Cityheart and V12 Footwear were some of the businesses to partner with Hartpury last year and reap the rewards.

James Forrester, former Gloucester Rugby and England Rugby number eight, coach, entrepreneur and now head of sponsorship to support business engagement and awareness of opportunities at Hartpury, said: 'This is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved at a level where their support can really make a big difference to the athletes.

'The set-up at Hartpury across all the academies is exceptional already, but the right sponsorship will help everyone involved push the bar ever higher. I would urge anyone interested in the Kick Start campaign get in touch so we can explain more about the benefits and the incredible talent coming through the academies.'

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Over 200 international athletes have developed their talents at Hartpury in recent years and several world, European and Olympic athletes have come through the highly regarded academy pathway.

Benefits of the two sponsorship packages include branding across training and competition kits, on-site presence through branding and signage, social media and promotional opportunities, and even facilities hire at the stunning Gloucestershire campus.

At the same time, businesses benefit from brand exposure, access to Hartpury’s talent pipeline through placement opportunities, an opportunity to increase sales and a positive profile with one of Gloucestershire’s largest and well-networked organisations.

Extensive business networking opportunities are available too, and Hartpury recently launched its Tech Box Park, home to a number of innovative businesses, particularly from the agri-tech sector.

For more information, contact James Forrester at james.forrester3@hartpury.ac.uk.

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