Gloucester Rugby is to make a multi-million-pound investment in the city, by building a new training facility – next door to its Kingsholm Stadium.
The new training facility will be built on the site previously occupied by the SLG Beauty Warehouse. Gloucester Rugby will transform the property into an elite high-performance training centre, designed to improve the training and playing experience for all Gloucester Rugby players.
The facility will include a 470 sq m gym, supplied by new partner sports performance equipment supplier Sportesse, which includes six Olympic lifting platforms, a rehabilitation centre with both hot and cold recovery systems and a dedicated recovery gym, as well as an indoor high performance training pitch. Construction is expected to start imminently, with sports facilities ready to use in July.
The substantial investment also includes an upgrade of the existing pitch at Kingsholm to a world-class artificial turf which will offer the Gloucester Rugby team a premium playing surface with unmatched durability.
George Skivington, Gloucester Rugby Head Coach, said: “On Gloucester soil and walking distance from the stadium, the acquisition and development of this state-of-the-art facility will fortify Kingsholm as a centre of excellence and double down on our commitment to developing home grown talent.
“We’re also excited about the investment in the synthetic pitch at Kingsholm, which will provide a consistent playing surface in all conditions – something the whole team are really keen for. It also means that we can host multiple matches in one weekend, allowing us to welcome more academy and women’s matches.”
Supplied by Bristol-based sports surface construction company, Verde Recreo, the new pitch has been subjected to strict testing and has the full approval of Premiership Rugby and World Rugby.
Lewis Ludlow, Captain of Gloucester Rugby said: “We are very excited to start using the upgraded facilities. The new pitch means we can go out on the field knowing what surface to expect, allowing us to focus on the game in hand. This investment in the team will help us ensure we can play our very best week on week and continue to make fans proud.”
The new facility will also include office space, as well as an extended hospitality area. Designed to enhance the match-day experience for fans it will also allow the Club to hold more events and accommodate larger audiences.
Gloucester Rugby CEO, Lance Bradley, said: “We are very excited to be able to share this news with the fans and are looking forward to starting work on the development in the coming weeks.
“The development reinforces our commitment to Gloucester and is just the beginning of exciting strides forward for Gloucester Rugby unifying the playing and commercial function in the coming years.
“Of course, the fans are of utmost importance to the Club and we want them to be the first to experience the new facilities. We’ll be inviting all Club members who have donated to the club to an exclusive launch event later in the year, as well as thanking them by displaying their name on a wall within the facility.”