Wasps cut ribbon on state-of-the-art training facility

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Wasps Rugby has officially opened the doors of its state-of-the-art Elite Performance and Innovation Centre which gives the club one of the finest training complexes in English rugby.

The multimillion-pound centre at Henley-in-Arden will be the new home of Wasps’ men’s first team and academy.

It has taken six months to build the facility on the 13-acre site at a cost of £4m, with the construction project completed by Warwickshire-based development partner Wigley Building & Development.

Staff and players have now started to use the facility as they prepare for the start of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season on Saturday 25 September against Bristol Bears at Coventry Building Society Arena.

The Elite Performance and Innovation Centre will be Wasps first permanent training ground of its own since leaving Sudbury in 1999.

It features a grass pitch which is identical in size to the pitch at the club’s home ground Coventry Building Society Arena. A 3G plus surface has also been installed next to the grass pitch to allow for training in all weather conditions.

Work has included the creation of a purpose-built gym – kitted out by Nuneaton specialist Indigo Fitness – and the construction of a media centre, medical complex and offices for coaching and administration staff.

For player recovery there are two large hydrotherapy pools and a sauna.

Stephen Vaughan, Wasps Group chief executive, said: “The new training centre provides the perfect professional environment to support the development of elite athletes and is without doubt one of the finest training complexes in the sport.

“This has been a significant investment and signals an exciting new era for the club. It is an investment that not only supports the Wasps players of today but will be essential to the growth of the players of tomorrow in our academy.

“It’s important for us that we have a positive impact in the communities we work in and we will be rolling out an extensive programme to support grass roots sports in Henley-in-Arden and the surrounding areas in the coming months.”

Lee Blackett, Wasps Men’s head coach, said: “The new performance centre is a real boost for the Club, it is great to have our own permanent home.

“The facility is amazing and provides us with one of the best training environments in the Premiership. These are exciting times for everybody connected to Wasps.”

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