Club to move train­ing base

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN FC -

» 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.”

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