Fourteen months after the groundbreaking of the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre, the state-of-the-art facility officially opened yesterday. The 1,900-square-metre, two-storey performance training centre will serve as the home to all of Rugby Canada’s national teams, as well support the training needs of other high performance amateur athletes in the region.
Langford Mayor Stew Young, Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen and the rugby giant the training facility is named after, Al Charron, were among many dignitaries and athletes who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in Langford.
“Langford is proud to be the home of Rugby Canada. From the installation of a World Rugby certified turf, to the construction of this high performance training facility, to the pending expansion of Westhills Stadium, Langford is committed to working with all levels of government and the development community to ensure that all high performance athletes have the resources they need to train right here in Langford,” Young said.
The Centre represents the single largest investment ever made by Rugby Canada in its pursuit to grow the sport in Canada and centralize team operations to create the necessary infrastructure to keep its teams competitive in international competitions. Funding for the capital construction project was made possible with a federal government contribution of $2,935,250 through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component, $2,500,000 in repayable contributions from the City of Langford, along with over $2,600,000 in private donations raised by Rugby Canada to date.
“It’s been incredible to see this world-class facility coming to life thanks to the dedicated support of the Government of Canada, the City of Langford, and the Canadian rugby community.”It’s these strong partnerships that are creating an exciting future for the sport of rugby in Canada where our high-performance athletes of today and tomorrow, will have the resources and the facilities they need to achieve unprecedented success on the world stage,” Vansen said.
The Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre has been designed to create the best daily training environment possible, centralizing all the necessary aspects of high performance training. The centre features a state of the art gymnasium featuring elite strength and conditioning equipment, onsite therapy and treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pools, locker rooms, meeting rooms set up for video analysis, kitchen and dining lounge, and three double occupancy bedroom studio units. The Centre is located adjacent to Westhills Stadium, further complementing the enhanced resources available to Rugby Canada’s national teams. To build on the legacy of rugby in Canada, the facility will also feature the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Centre is now in active use by all of Rugby Canada’s national teams as they continue preparations for upcoming international competition.