New Elite Rugby Academy Revealed
Scottish Rugby’s new BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy is at Broadwood Stadium
Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson today joined NL Leisure chief Blane Dodds to reveal the eagerly-anticipated location of Scottish Rugby’s new BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Glasgow and The West, as Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.
An initial £0.5M from North Lanarkshire Council and NL Leisure, followed by significant year on year investment from the SRU will be used to provide the next generation of elite male and female Scottish rugby talent with a state of the art new home; including the latest in fitness, medical and training facilities.
With the Rugby World Cup just a few month’s away and preparations intensifying, it’s an exciting time for the game in Scotland. Rugby’s profile continues to grow and Scottish Rugby are determined to capitalise by ensuring young players with real potential are given the best possible opportunities to develop their skills at high-performance centres close to home.
Already familiar to Scottish rugby fans as the venue for last year’s national BT Cup Finals Day, age group and women’s international fixtures; Broadwood’s new academy cements an already strong relationship between Scottish Rugby and NL Leisure with both organisations committed to promoting the health and social benefits of taking part in physical activity.
While the nation’s next Finn Russells and Lisa Martins are setting Broadwood’s immaculate 3G surface on fire; the governing body will also use the new academy as a base from which to reach out to schools and the community to promote participation in rugby and spot new talent.
Construction of the new facility is due to be completed by late summer 2015 and rugby will not be the only beneficiary. Reflecting NL Leisure’s determination to create a multi-sports campus around the stadium; the new building will also serve as a water-sports hub for the nearby Broadwood Loch.
Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson, said:
“Scottish Rugby and NL Leisure have developed a positive partnership in recent years and we are very pleased Broadwood Stadium can continue that good work as the home for the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Glasgow and the West.
“We are committed to building a system that enables us to identify and support young players, both boys and girls, as they develop their full sporting and personal potential. Our objective is to produce great rugby players and great people through our regional Academies and this is an exciting first step on that pathway in the west of Scotland.”
Speaking at Broadwood NL Leisure Chief Executive Blane Dodds said:
“This is great news for North Lanarkshire and for Rugby in the west of Scotland; our relationship with Scottish Rugby is really important to us and it’s already been our privilege over the past several years to welcome Scotland’s sevens, age group, ladies and senior players to many of our venues for training and competitive matches.
“Scottish Rugby’s decision to base their BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Glasgow and The West, here at Broadwood is a fantastic endorsement of NL Leisure, Broadwood and the rugby potential of this area.
“I’m proud the next generation of Scottish rugby players will call Broadwood their home and I’m sure our work with Scottish Rugby will inspire people of all ages to take up rugby and other sports.”
NL Leisure, chairman, Jim Logue, said:
“Bringing the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, Glasgow and The West, to Broadwood is a fantastic boost for rugby in the area and I’d like to say that it does huge credit to North Lanarkshire’s many clubs and players.
“We share many values with our friends in Scotish Rugby; most particularly our mutual determination to promote the benefits of taking part in sport.
“I’ll be excited to see new Scottish rugby talent developing just down the road from me but to be honest I’m more excited about the work we’ll be doing in partnership with Scottish Rugby to bring rugby to young people and the wider community – that’s what NL Leisure is all about.”