WATCH: On Tuesday, Rugby Canada, in partnership with the City of Langford, was celebrating the official opening of the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre in Langford, B.C.
Langford Mayor Stew Young and Allen Vansen, Rugby Canada CEO, marked the occasion with 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, in order to create the necessary infrastructure to keep its team 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.
The centre is now in active use by all of Rugby Canada’s national teams as they continue preparations for upcoming international competition.