Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

Hartpury alumna named women’s rugby player of the year

Zoe Aldcroft, a former student of both Hartpury University and Hartpury College, has been named World Rugby's women's player of the year.

The prestigious honour follows an impressive 2021 Autumn Women's Internationals Series in which she captained the Red Roses for the first time. Aldcroft is the fourth England player to win the award, following in the footsteps of Michaela Staniford (2012), Sarah Hunter (2016) and Emily Scarratt (2019).

Zoe Aldcroft said: "I'm very honoured to accept the award. Any individual awards reflects team effort and I'd like to dedicate this to all of the team-mates, coaching and management staff that I work with for club and country."

Her advice for the next generation of female players is: "Be yourself, work hard and keep your feet on the ground."

In an interview with World Rugby, Aldcroft said she was "lost for words" and paid tribute to her family for helping to get her to the top.

Aldcroft began her Hartpury experience by studying a Level 3 extended diploma dport (rugby), moving on to study the BSc sport and exercise sciences degree, before eventually becoming a Hartpury coach. Alongside her studies, she developed her rugby career through the Hartpury women's rugby academy.

The 25-year-old has featured in every Gloucester-Hartpury game in this season's Allianz Premier 15s competition and scored a try in their recent win over Sale Sharks Women.

Tom Radcliffe, director of elite sport at Hartpury, said: We're very proud of Zoe and the entire Hartpury team are thrilled to hear she has been named World Rugby's women's player of the year.

"She has always shown a tremendous work ethic both on and off the pitch and is the perfect role model for all future female players. She is a great example for future Hartpury students too, showing how they can achieve academically while pursuing their sporting ambitions."

Aldcroft is one of over 200 international sports stars produced by Hartpury's prestigious sports academies. Hartpury gives talented young athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting potential while studying for their degree, through its 10 competitive sports academies.

Related Articles

Skills, Apprenticeships & Careers: The latest vacancies and opportunities across Gloucestershire Image

Skills, Apprenticeships & Careers: The latest vacancies and opportunities across Gloucestershire

There has never been a more challenging time to find a new job or get on the career ladder. Whether you are looking for a new role, an apprenticeship or a first job, Punchline is here to help.

Apprenticeship open evening – opportunity for businesses Image

Apprenticeship open evening – opportunity for businesses

Gloucestershire College is hosting an event for school leavers, existing college students and anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship.

National Apprenticeship Week: Speakers will provide insight  Image

National Apprenticeship Week: Speakers will provide insight

The chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of the keynote speakers at a free event hosted by University of Gloucestershire.

Hartpury Rugby Academy alumni in Six Nations Image

Hartpury Rugby Academy alumni in Six Nations

Eleven former Hartpury students and Men’s Rugby Academy alumni have been named in teams ahead of this year’s Six Nations.

Copyright 2022 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.