The new two-year partnership will enable football students at Hartpury University and Hartpury College – one of the UK’s top sport and education settings – to benefit from professional-standard sports products supplied by VitaSports.
VitaSports, which will also supply kits and T-shirts, specialises in sport-specific supplements, including pre-match, during-match and post-match blends for many sports, including rugby, football and cycling.
Hartpury football alumni include Ghana internationals Abdul Majeed Waris, who was Hartpury’s first graduate to play in a World Cup, and David Accam, who was Hartpury’s first graduate to play in the Champions League.
Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Max Harris became the 36th professional footballer to be produced by Hartpury’s Football Academy when he signed for Oxford United last year, before his move to the Robins for the current campaign.
The sports supplements are all approved by Informed Sport – a quality assurance certification program that screens sports nutrition products for banned substances.
The high-quality products supplied by VitaSports will complement the health and fitness benefits gained by students from access to Hartpury’s £8.8 million Sports Academy, professional coaching and extensive range of sport support services.
Paul Tassell, Football Academy Manager at Hartpury, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with VitaSports as our official nutritional supplier to help our players and teams achieve their goals.
“Their products are tested and Informed Sport-registered, reinforcing VitaSports’ commitment to supplying safe, high-quality products to enable our players refuel, recover and stay at the top of their game.
“The new partnership with VitaSports comes at a really exciting time for the Hartpury Football Academy, following the recent launch of our new Hartpury University FC team playing in the Hellenic League.”
Edward Spencer, founder and Managing Director of VitaSports, said: “We’re proud to have partnered with Hartpury Football Academy, which has such an enviable record in winning trophies and producing talented young footballers.
“We look forward to providing our sport-specific supplements to the players within the Hartpury Football Academy to help them fulfil their ambitions and potentially achieve a successful career in professional football.
“We pride ourselves in supporting athletes with their training by providing a wide range of high-energy and nutritional supplements that are specific to a variety of sports.”
Students at Hartpury have been the English Schools Football Association (FA) U18 national champions for four of the past six years.
They have won the English Colleges FA Premier League nine times, the English Colleges National Championship five times, the BUCS Premier League 10 times and been crowned BUCS national champions five times.
Earlier this year, Hartpury became the first university in the UK to gain re-accreditation for its Elite status within the UKAD Clean Sport Accreditation.