About Gloucester-Hartpury Women

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

It was at that point that then Hartpury College Director of Sport Phil de Glanville, in conjunction with Gloucester Rugby, put the squad together and very shrewdly appointed England Legend Susie Appleby as Head Coach.

Rebecca de Fillippo and Gemma Sharples

In their first season, the team were only allowed to play friendly fixtures while the RFU determined what level they should enter the league at. However, that didn't stop the squad winning silverware as they lifted the Women's National Junior Cup.

Having finished in second spot in National Championship Midlands Two in their first season in that league, the ultimate ambition was to compete in the Women's Premiership and that became a reality with the announcement on February 28th 2017, when the club was confirmed as competing in the Tyrrells Premier 15s from September 2017 onwards.

Last season, 2016-17, saw them sweep aside all opposition in National Championship Midlands Two, racking up the points in almost every game and clinching the title in style. The team also qualified for the Final of the Intermediate Cup.

The team have now played several matches at Kingsholm, following Gloucester Rugby fixtures and therefore playing in front of some enthusiastic support. More matches have been played there in 2017, starting with Worcester Ladies IIs on March 4th and signing off with Supermarine Ladies Rugby on Saturday May 6th.

The team is looking for new players of any skill level to join them and recently launched an U18s section.

Gloucester-Hartpury Head Coach, Susie Appleby said:

"Our senior club is blossoming and this is the natural progression for us to start a youth section, particularly as we've had lots of interest from younger players and girls turning up at training really keen to play for us.

"The plan, which has the support of the Rugby Football Union, is to start up a team that can be competitive at Under-18s level but we will also nurture and develop these players with the long term aim of them becoming a strong base for our senior side."


So why not come along to a training session and see if you could have a big future with Gloucester-Hartpury?

You'll have access to excellent facilities and coaching from former England international, Susie Appleby, as well as playing and training kit and strength and conditioning and nutrition advice in an elite sports environment.

If you are interesting in being part of this successful and ambitious team, simply come along to one of our training sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm at Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester, GL19 3BE.

Or for more information, send an e-mail to info@gloucesterhartpurywrfc.co.uk

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