RUGBY: Wasps open new training ground at Binley Woods

At Friday's launch...(from left) David Armstrong (Wasps), MP Mark Pawsey, Cllr Sally Bragg (Mayor of Rugby), Gary Watts (Broadstreet) and Don Branston (Broadstreet)
At Friday's launch...(from left) David Armstrong (Wasps), MP Mark Pawsey, Cllr Sally Bragg (Mayor of Rugby), Gary Watts (Broadstreet) and Don Branston (Broadstreet)

Rugby’s mayor and MP at Broadstreet launch

Wasps opened their new training ground at Broadstreet Rugby Club on Friday.

MP Mark Pawsey on a tour of the training facilities

MP Mark Pawsey on a tour of the training facilities

The Aviva Premiership side have invested heavily in facilities at the Binley Woods club and will be based at the Ivor Preece Field for all their training until they have developed their own standalone training complex.

The new-look Broadstreet was opened by Mayor of Rugby Cllr Sally Bragg, MP Mark Pawsey and David Armstrong, CEO of Wasps Group.

Richard Skene, the Broadstreet committee member who has overseen the coming together, said the arrival of Wasps had already brought several benefits to both clubs.

“I think this is a move which is fantastic for both clubs. Wasps have invested in laying a new pitch, installing offices, a gym and physio room, putting down a new all-weather running track and refurbishing the changing rooms,” he said.

Wasps players, with from left, Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps), Joby Simpson, Chris Thatcher (Broadstreet), Cllr Sally Bragg (Mayor of Rugby), MP Mark Pawsey , David Armstrong (Wasps), Don Branston and Gary Watts (both from Broadstreet).

Wasps players, with from left, Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps), Joby Simpson, Chris Thatcher (Broadstreet), Cllr Sally Bragg (Mayor of Rugby), MP Mark Pawsey , David Armstrong (Wasps), Don Branston and Gary Watts (both from Broadstreet).

“We are known for having very good facilities for a club at our level, and Wasps have moved in and made them even better, and now they will be used more than ever which is great.

“It is a move with benefits for both parties. We will see close at hand how one of the best clubs in world rugby operates and the standards its sets and expects. That can only be good for us.

“Hopefully, in turn, we have provided a base for Wasps to really continue to build the momentum they have established since moving to the Ricoh Arena.”

Broadstreet – who kick off their National League III Midlands season away at Sandbach – have hosted women’s and junior international fixtures in recent years, along with the Super 7s and England Touch Rugby championships.

They will also benefit directly on the field as Wasps have offered to stage some coaching sessions for Broadstreet teams from under-7s to senior level.

David Armstrong said: “We have been received fantastically well by Broadstreet and it is great to have all our playing operations now up here in the local area and firing on all cylinders.

“Broadstreet have really embraced our arrival and I think the move is very much of mutual benefit. We are really looking forward to working together and both enjoying good times on and off the field.

“We have had great support from the club and from Rugby Borough Council throughout the process and would like to thank them for allowing the move to happen so smoothly.”

Cllr Bragg added: “I would like to welcome Wasps to the Borough of Rugby, and I am pleased that we have been instrumental in helping the club settle here.

“This is the birthplace of the game so they have chosen the right place! When they move to their permanent home they will leave a legacy at Broadstreet and we are grateful for that.”