The Lensbury Club in Teddington and St Mary’s University, Twickenham have been announced as one of the 65 approved training bases for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, following a team base tender process.
The Lensbury and St Mary’s will feature on the approved list of bases that meet the key selection criteria, and will move into the next stage of the selection process. The venues were selected as a combined venue, having previously worked together as a pre-Games training camp for the Irish Olympic team during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Together, the venues, which are a mile apart, meet international team training standards with indoor and outdoor training facilities, a gym, indoor swimming pool and hotel. Additionally, Twickenham Stadium, the home of England Rugby, is just a few minutes away, while Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Stadium are within easy reach, all of which have been identified as match venues during the tournament.
“We have a long history of hosting international rugby teams and key to meeting their needs has been our collaboration with St Mary’s University,” says The Lensbury General Manager, Ivor Turner. “Our facilities and those of St Mary’s are world class with two rugby pitches, training facilities, a 25m swimming pool and, from April 2014, there will be 32 brand new team styled bedrooms in our Ascot building and bespoke heavy weights room.”
Andrew Reid-Smith, adds: “We are thrilled to have made it to the approved list and we are excited at the prospect of hosting an international team during the Rugby World Cup 2015. It enhances St Mary’s established reputation for supporting international squads and develops the legacy of our London 2012 training camps.”
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