Rugby Canada and the City of Langford celebrate the official opening of the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre; world-class facility to play key role for the future of rugby in Canada while benefitting local community
Rugby Canada – Langford, British Columbia, February 27, 2018 – Rugby Canada, in partnership with the City of Langford, is celebrating today the official opening of the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre in Langford, BC. His Worship Stewart Young, Mayor of the City of Langford and Allen Vansen, Rugby Canada Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will mark the occasion later today during a special event onsite, which will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony. The approximately 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.
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.
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.