Wasps will not be building a training base near Leamington rugby club
Wasps Rugby Club will not be building a training base on the outskirts of Leamington after several months of discussions over a possible project.
The club, which plays its home fixtures at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, has today (Wednesday October 23) announced that it has bought a 13-acre site near Henley-in-Arden where it will build a new high-performance centre.
The club had been in discussions with Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club for several months about potentially creating a training base adjacent to its ground in Bericote Road, Blackdown and currently trains at Broadstreet Rugby Club in Coventry.
Stephen Vaughan, chief executive for sports at Wasps said: “It is no secret that we have been searching for the right location to create a high-performance centre that we can call home and the site in Henley- in-Arden ticks all the boxes.
“It is important to have long-term stability around our training base location and owning our own centre will bring a number of advantages to the club.
“We have discussed the proposed move with our friends at Old Leamingtonians and Broadstreet and we look forward to maintaining strong working relationships with them as two strong local clubs.
“We would like to thank them for their understanding and co-operation, and they appreciate that the opportunity to have our own dedicated performance centre is the best option for the future of the Club.
“We will continue to liaise with WCG, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and other stakeholders throughout the planning process, in a move we believe will benefit not just Wasps but also the wider community.”