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Join the National Fitness Centre auction and benefit the IPF

02 August 2013

  • Auction to aid IPF taking place ahead of National Fitness Centre refurbishment
  • Gym equipment for clubs, schools and academies available to highest bidder
Chris Ashton in the gym

Photo: Getty Images

Clubs, schools and academies have got the chance to take home a piece of England Rugby history on Saturday, August 10, and can help the RFU Injured Players Foundation in the process.

Follow an adjoining corridor from the famous tunnel that leads out onto the hallowed turf at Twickenham Stadium and you will find an equally sacrosanct place.

There, deep in the bowels of HQ, players have spilt sweat and tears and strained sinews for their country. Over the past 12 years, the National Fitness Centre in the West Stand has been the seeding site of huge success.

Prolific grand slams for England Women, immense athleticism from Ben Ryan’s sevens set-up and even the 2003 Webb Ellis trophy triumph were built on the foundations of old-fashioned hard work in this gym.

London-based Aviva Premiership sides used the facility to blast away cobwebs in pre-season, while age-group starlets have also been regular attendees as national coaches monitored the physical progress of future performers.

During long, lonely stretches of rehabilitation, these four walls have offered uncompromising support – even without ever wavering from a cruel-to-be-kind approach.

However, as England hone in on the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the current crop are pushing the boundaries of fitness even further, heavier weights and more high-tech toys are required – giving your club, school or academy a chance to own a piece of history.

One of the 40 lots available

Photo: RFU Archive

Auction details

Ahead of a mass refurbishment to the National Fitness centre, a range of gym equipment will be sold in 44 lots via a sealed-bid auction on Saturday, August 10. Proceeds from the sale will go to the RFU Injured Players Foundation.

full list of the 44 lots in the National Fitness Centre auction is available to view on RFU.com

Between 10:00am and 12:00 noon on the day, bidders can come and view the equipment and will have until 12:30 to submit bids. The winners of each lot will be announced as soon as possible after that. 

Payment must be immediate and in full, in cash or by credit card.  Items must be removed by no later than 16:00 on Sunday, August 25, although the National Fitness Centre will not be accessible over the weekend of 17-18 August. Any items not removed by the deadline will be disposed of.

Successful bidders will be responsible for removing their prizes from the site themselves. The RFU will not accept returns or any liability for individuals’ use of the equipment once purchased.

Interested parties must register to attend the auction no later than 17:00 on Wednesday, August 7 by emailing Liam O’Reilly from the Injured Players’ Foundation at LiamOreilly@rfu.com.