LANGFORD, BC – Rugby Canada, the IRB and the City of Langford gathered Monday afternoon to break ground on a new world-class training facility at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence.
The new building, of nearly 20,000 square feet, will be immediately across the road from the current Rugby Canada offices on Glen Lake Road. The City of Langford has been exceptionally supportive bothfinancially and in-kind in helping get this project off the ground.
“Our community, our residents and our council are all behind rugby and it’s becoming such a great sport here for our community in entertainment value, and of course in opportunities for youth involvement,” said Stew Young, Mayor of Langford.
“It’s something that you can look forward to as you are growing up in Langford and something you can aspire to be, a rugby player. For a small community like ours to have this type of organization here is big news for us. This is a really big deal,” said Mayor Young.
In attendance at the press conference were Rugby Canada’s High Performance staff, National Team players, members of the Rugby Canada Board of Directors, Chairman of the IRB Rugby Committee, John Jeffrey, and the City of Langford’s Council Members, Councillors and Mayor Young.
“Everything we’re doing here today is about the athletes. Rugby Canada and the City of Langford want to provide our athletes with the best possible facilities to be successful,” said Graham Brown, Chief Executive Officer for Rugby Canada.
“This facility will be an extremely valuable resource that will inevitably be relied upon for the development of athletes for many years to come.”
The press conference comes ahead of Rugby Canada hosting the IRB Americas Rugby Championship with Canada competing against USA, Uruguay and Argentina on October 11, 15 and 19 at Westhills Stadium.
Jeffrey, Chairman of the IRB Rugby Committee and former Scotland international, added his thoughts on the importance of the training facility.
“Rugby Canada is making tremendous progress in terms of results andthat is on the back of resources, but now when you get facilities like this it will be a big addition,” said Jeffrey, who competed in the 1987 and 1991 Rugby World Cups for Scotland.
“I always say Rugby is more about family and partnerships and that is what you’re getting. The Mayor has decided to invest in Rugby Canada, and you are bringing a lot of people together, so it can only be good for Rugby Canada, and theywill become a real force,” added Jeffrey.
The new high performance facility is a significant addition to the already existing Centre of Excellence that the City of Langford has helped in providing to Rugby Canada. The new training centre will play a large role in preparations for the upcoming Men’s and Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.
HIGH PERFORMANCE FACILITY TO INCLUDE:
1. High performance gym for training and testing
2. Medical facility
3. Video analysis suite
4. Players lounge/cafeteria and kitchen
5. Players study lounge
6. Professional locker rooms
7. Hydro therapy suite
8. Additional office space for our HP SupportStaff
9. Six residential apartment units to supportshort terms athlete accommodations needs
10. Additional storage for equipment