- Schools, universities, clubs and training complexes show interest in RWC 2015 involvement
- “We want to deliver the best possible standards” – CEO Debbie Jevans
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England Rugby 2015 has welcomed the high level of interest and enthusiasm shown in response to the team base search and selection programme, launched in April this year.
Team bases will play a key role within Rugby World Cup 2015, hosting the 20 competing teams and taking the tournament to local communities across the country.
A team base will consist of five component parts, including an outdoor and indoor training facility, hotel, swimming pool and gym. England Rugby 2015 will identify up to 50 across the country, providing the 20 competing teams with a variety of potential locations.
With over 80 applications received from a wide range of rugby clubs, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and established training complexes, England Rugby 2015 is now evaluating all applications and conducting detailed site visits. With clear criteria, and an ambition to identify the highest quality facilities to ensure optimum tournament training locations, England Rugby 2015 is determined to set new standards.
Team base locations will require close proximity to a particular match venue, centrally located between match venues, or outside of a host city to provide a different training environment away from the hub of tournament activity. With applications received from facilities in more than 30 English counties and within Wales, there is a fantastic opportunity to bring Rugby World Cup to all corners of the country and make this a truly regional event.
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Debbie Jevans, England Rugby 2015 CEO, commented: “Team bases will play a pivotal role in the tournament and we are delighted to see such a strong response rate to the search and selection programme. We want to identify high quality facilities across the country to ensure the teams have the best possible platform to compete at Rugby World Cup 2015. As an organising committee we are fully committed to meeting the needs of all competing players, ensuring that we deliver to the best possible standards.
“With applications received from schools, universities, colleges, rugby clubs and local authorities from over 30 English counties and within Wales, we can already see the fantastic regional engagement opportunities team bases will provide – we want to take the teams, the tournament and the game of rugby as far and wide as possible in 2015 so we are really encouraged by the response.”
Bernard Lapasset, Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman, added: “The strong interest from parties interested in becoming a Rugby World Cup 2015 team base reflects the enormous prestige of the Rugby World Cup brand and an event that is set to capture the hearts and minds of people the length and breadth of the nation and beyond.”
“While the match venues are the stages on which the 20 participating nations will showcase the sport and character-building values, the team bases will deliver the important platform to ensure all our players are ready to perform to their full potential.
“I am delighted that this submission reflects the superb sporting facilities in England and Wales, but also the depth and warmth of the welcome that the teams will receive.”