Bristol Rugby plans new training centre in Failand

PUBLISHED: 13:58 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 November 2016

Bristol Rugby's proposed training base.

Bristol Rugby's proposed training base.

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Bristol Rugby Club wants to build a new training centre in Failand.

The sports side has applied to North Somerset Council for planning permission to develop a 23-acre site off Beggar Bush Lane, featuring three grass training pitches and an all-weather floodlit 4G pitch.

The club also wants to create an indoor ‘training barn’, which would be the half the size of a rugby field, a gymnasium, changing rooms and offices for staff.

Club chairman Chris Booy said: “This is a significant development for Bristol Rugby and underlines our ambitions to be one of the leading clubs in the country.

“It’s vital that we have a top-class facility for the squad to train at, not just to drive performance, but also to attract the calibre of players we want at the club.

“We already have the fantastic stadium at Ashton Gate and now the planning process has begun with North Somerset Council to build a training centre that matches those high standards.”

The side were promoted to the Aviva Premiership this season but have struggled to adapt to life back in the top flight having lost all seven league games so far.

The gym inside Bristol Rugby's proposed training base.The gym inside Bristol Rugby's proposed training base.

Former England and Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was sacked as Bristol’s director of rugby following the poor results on Monday.

* For full story, see next week’s North Somerset Times.

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