Wasps in ad­vanced per­ma­nent train­ing

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans are cur­rently con­sult­ing with their mem­bers about the de­tails of the pro­posal.

WASPS are in ‘ad­vanced dis­cus­sions’ to build a per­ma­nent train­ing base.

It has been re­vealed that the Gal­lagher Premier­ship club has sub­mit­ted a pro­posal to Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans RFC, who will now de­cide if they wish to wel­come the two-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons onto its spa­cious Beri­cote Road site.

If suc­cess­ful, it could bring an end to Wasps’ ‘tem­po­rary’ train­ing ground base so­lu­tion at the home of Broad­street RFC in Bin­ley Woods.

Where Wasps hoped to build their per­ma­nent base has been up in the air since plans to build a £7mil­lion fa­cil­ity at the Alan Higgs Cen­tre were scrapped, fol­low­ing protests from Coventry City Foot­ball Club.

Di­rec­tor of rugby Dai Young told Coven­tryLive in April that a so­lu­tion to the train­ing ground is­sue ‘can’t come soon enough’ fol­low­ing a pe­riod of bad weather that dis­rupted the club’s mid­week prepa­ra­tions.

In re­quest­ing an up­date from Wasps and the fol­low­ing quote was pro­vided by chief ex­ec­u­tive of Wasps Group, Nick East­wood.

He said: “We can con­firm we are in ad­vanced dis­cus­sions with Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans RFC for Wasps to build a per­ma­nent train­ing base at The Crofts on Beri­cote Road.

“Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans are cur­rently con­sult­ing with their mem­bers about the de­tails of the pro­posal, which will only progress sub­ject to their ap­proval.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to work closely with Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans and the rel­e­vant third par­ties and stake­hold­ers through­out the process.”

In­cluded in the state­ment was con­fir­ma­tion that Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans has re­ceived the pro­posal from the Premier­ship gi­ants.

Chair­man Phil Eales said: “We have re­ceived a pro­posal from Wasps for the club to have its train­ing base at The Crofts, with­out Old Leams los­ing any of its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“The man­age­ment com­mit­tee has met and agreed to send the pro­posal to the mem­ber­ship to be con­sid­ered at an EGM later in the month.”

Many dif­fer­ent sites have been ru­moured to be op­tions for Wasps’ per­ma­nent train­ing base, with the most con­crete be­ing on the same site as Coventry City’s Academy at the Alan Higgs Cen­tre.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was gained for Wasps to cre­ate a £7mil­lion fa­cil­ity off Al­lard Way de­spite protests from the foot­ball club – which was fac­ing hav­ing no home for its suc­cess­ful Academy. How­ever, the ex­cit­ing plans did not come to fruition.

Back in Novem­ber 2017, Wasps chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick East­wood said: “Un­for­tu­nately it has not proved pos­si­ble to co­or­di­nate our own plans with the time frame needed for the con­struc­tion of the pool and re­lated com­plex, and we do not want to hold up the wider de­vel­op­ment in any way.

“A num­ber of sep­a­rate sites have been iden­ti­fied as pro­vid­ing vi­able op­tions for our train­ing ground needs, in­clud­ing what is cur­rently our pre­ferred site.

“Those av­enues are be­ing ac­tively pur­sued and are in an ad­vanced stage of dis­cus­sion.”

Is­sues re­lat­ing to the pro­longed search for a per­ma­nent train­ing ground base for Wasps when di­rec­tor of rugby Dai Young told Coven­tryLive the sit­u­a­tion is ‘not ideal’ adding: “It can’t come soon enough and I think they’re work­ing their socks off on it.”

Weeks af­ter the ar­ti­cle, the Daily Mail re­ported a pos­si­ble mutiny at Wasps with se­nior play­ers wish­ing to leave at their end of the con­tracts over ‘in­ad­e­quate train­ing

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