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Hartpury University has an established history for producing business savvy graduates, as well as sporting talent, being in the top 10% of UK universities for graduate employability (Graduate Outcomes, 2023). International alumni Najee Holder is no exception. 

After studying the MSc Sports Management course at Hartpury University, Barbardian international footballer Najee Holder has become the second student business consultant to join Bream RFC’s eco-clubhouse project in a bid to “financially futureproof” the club.The partnership between Bream and Hartpury University’s Sports Business Hub, one of Hartpury University’s 11 commercial on-site businesses, took another step forward last week when 23 year-old Najee, who currently plays his football for Hartpury University FC, was assigned to assist the club in developing a business plan and marketing strategy for their new facilities, which will be built later this year.

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His recruitment comes just two weeks after the club welcomed fellow Sports Business Masters student Noah Geltman, who has experience of marketing the USA’s senior professional rugby competition Major League Rugby, on board the project.

Najee is a current member of the Barbadian national football squad and he also previously captained his country’s cricket team at under 17 level.

He also boasts a strong academic background having acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management at Alderson Broaddus University in the US, before enrolling on the Masters course at Hartpury in September last year.

The club committee member responsible for business and district councillor for Bream, Richard Leppington, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Najee to the partnership between Bream Rugby and Hartpury College.

“He has a great deal of sports and academic knowledge and we look forward to his input in building a business that will financially futureproof rugby in the village.”

The club secured planning permission for the clubhouse, which will be built next to the first team pitch at their ground, in February last year.

The aim of the project is to develop facilities that will allow the club to operate as a commercial business, in order to fund “the future of rugby” in the village.

On his new role with Bream, Najee said: “I am extremely happy to be allocated such a huge job for Bream RFC and I am more than excited to be part of the Bream Family.

“I’m going to be making sure the set up of the clubhouse is done to perfection for what’s best for the team and making sure the community has a voice in what they would like to see at their home ground.

“Hopefully after I can be seen as a part of the Bream RFC family and can work with them in the future once more.”

The club’s partnership with Hartpury offers students the chance to gain valuable real-world experience whilst providing the club with expertise that would otherwise cost thousands of pounds through consultants.

Hartpury University has well established programmes in Business at undergraduate level, specialising in BA (Hons) Sport Business Management, BA (Hons) Equine Business Management, BA (Hons) International Horseracing Business and has now added an exciting new BSc Business Management course and MBA Top-Up programme for students from September 2024. This is as well as offering postgraduate programmes, including MSc Sports Management.

Hartpury’s students take on business briefs with some of our 11 commercial businesses on site, including our Sports Academies and professional teams, Digital Innovation Farm and Tech Box Park for real agribusiness innovation, canine and equine therapy and hydrotherapy centres, rider performance centre, and Hartpury Sports Business Hub.

Students can benefit from the small cohort experience and become a valued member of Hartpury’s close-knit business community, with individual access to lecturers who nurture students to achieve their full potential. 

As well as this, students can pursue a dual pathway through Hartpury’s 10 Sports Academies, with specially tailored academic and sporting timetables. Hartpury has extensive links with professional and non-league clubs and produced over 250 international athletes in recent years.

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