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World Cup Team Base Developments

Sutton Coldfield RFC

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2014 08:08pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By James Haywood
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Rugby World Cup 2015 team base developments continues

 

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 getting ever near and the announcement of who will be chosen by the International rugby community to host their teams, Sutton Coldfield RFC are very much in the mix and working hard to get facilities ready in time.

This month saw the completion of the new guy and CrossFit B76 opened on March 1st. The new area was built in the under used indoor training area, which after 20+ years was in need of modernisation. Crossfit B76 is operated in partnership with the Walmley Road based Rugby club and not only trains and conditions the players but also attracts an impressive interest from the local community too. Membership numbers have grown well and within the first two weeks over 100 people have signed up for the programme.

“It’s an integral part of our team base bid”, said Jim Haywood, Sutton Coldfield RFC Chairman. “We’ve already had players in their working the system and will continue to use it for the remainder of the season and with pre season for the 2014/15 season. Both Leigh and Gary who run Crossfit B76 are well qualified and most importantly are really enthusiastic trainers”.

The work continues during the summer with new changing rooms and a new pitch being laid in time for 2015. The works already though have started to attract International sides to Sutton Coldfield. March the 17th sees the Barbados Sevens team use the faculties as part of the preparation for the Hong Kong 7s. The outside space, quality pitches and the conference facilities will be used along with the gym as they prepare to fly off.

Joe Whipple, the Barbados coach based in Canada took a shine to Sutton Coldfield RFC based on its location and the energy the club is putting in. “The ethos of the club to strive to constantly improve matches what we aim to achieve with our international side. The faculties are great and we’ve already signed up to join Sutton Coldfield again at the end of May to play in the Midland 7s tournament as a run up to the Commonwealth games”.

“The Midland 7s is a flag ship of our summer events.” continued Jim. “We are looking forward to welcoming 28 teams across men and women’s social teams to the pro teams in which Barbados will be competing. It’s part of our community programme where put on rugby events to reach out the community and follows on from Bonfire Night where we attract up to 4,000 local people.”

Midland 7s will include on site camping for those who want it or rooms at the Castle Bromwich Inn where we’ve been supported with some great room rates. The weekend will be packed with 7s rugby, a fast and exciting form of the game. In addition the Midland 7s beer festival will be held across the weekend which will show off 28 of the top ales from local brewers and across the country.

The Saturday night will show case local music talent with live music providing a festival feel to proceedings and raising funds for the Norman Laud Association.

 

 

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