Wasps in advanced permanent training
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