Winter's tale enters a new chapter as Stateside beckons
EX-HARTPURY student Jack Winter has taken up the chance to ply his trade in America after accepting a full football scholarship at Florida Atlantic University.
The former Swindon Town academy player looked to Hartpury to further his development after being released by the League One outfit at the age of 18.
The pacy winger was a member of the Great Britain Universities squad, earning himself a silver medal at the World University Games in Shenzan, China.
During his time at Hartpury he also won a number of national titles as well as representing England Colleges.
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He graduated with an honours degree in sports science and will complete a masters degree while continuing his football development – something he is thankful to the college for helping him with.
"Hartpury offer some of the best sporting facilities in the UK and the players are given every aspect of support, similar to elite athletes, and this combination made me thrive and grow as a player and as a person," he said.
"Hartpury was the most enjoyable and most successful three years of my life to date. I recommend it to all football players who still want to play at an extremely high level without totally giving up hope of earning a professional contract, whilst gaining a very important education which has set me up for the future."
Senior football academy manager Steve Guinan oversaw Winter's development during his time at Hartpury.
He said: "Jack developed physically, technically and tactically throughout his three years at Hartpury and we will watch his progress in the United States with interest as he has the potential and ability to earn a contract professionally in the UK when he returns.
"He will no doubt be involved with the Great Britain Universities squad for the World University games in Kazan, Russia in 2013 and this will again provide exposure and a platform for Jack to showcase his talents."