Club to move training base
» GLOUCESTER Rugby have announced they intend to leave their Hartpury training centre when the lease expires in two years’ time.
The club has said further expansion of its facilities within the grounds of Hartpury University and Hartpury College was not possible but that its ties to the educational centre will remain strong.
Several first-team players have been blooded from the links with the college and Championship outfit Hartpury RFC.
A club statement said: “The partnership between Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury has allowed aspiring players to study at the University and College, whilst working to progress along a rugby pathway.
“However, Gloucester Rugby’s ambitions over the next few years require additional space for our top-flight training facilities. With Hartpury’s recent attainment of university status, and their plans to expand their student numbers, no expansion of our training facilities there was possible.
“The link between Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury University and College will remain strong, but it was agreed that we would look for another site for our training centre.
“The search began some time ago, and we have identified a number of suitable sites within the county. We are now developing a shortlist before making a final decision.”
Gloucester Rugby’s new chief executive Lance Bradley added: “The relationship between Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury has always been a good one, and will continue to be so.
“But we need to make sure that our training facilities match our ambitions as a club, and we agreed that we would not be able to do that within our current site. We began the search for a new site some time ago, and expect to make a final decision within the next few months.”