University of Bath an official Team Base for RWC 2015

26th August 2014

  • 41 Team Bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015 
  • The University of Bath will be a Team Base for Australia at Rugby World Cup 2015
  • The University of Bath Team Base consists of indoor and outdoor training facilities, including a fully-equipped gym, 50m pool, hydrotherapy pool, indoor running straight, indoor sports hall and outdoor grassed rugby pitches
  • 20 competing teams will be based across England and Wales 
  • Range of rugby clubs, schools, universities and dedicated training centres have been selected 
  • Team Bases extend the reach of Rugby World Cup 2015 to even more communities in England and Wales 
England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the approved list of 41 Team Bases that will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.
The University of Bath will be a Team Base for Australia at Rugby World Cup 2015. The University of Bath Team Base will consist of a range of state-of-the list of facilities including the Team Bath Gym, 50m pool, hydrotherapy pool, main sports hall, indoor running straight and outdoor grassed rugby pitches. 
A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event.  The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.
The search for Team Bases was launched via an open tender process in May 2013 and over 90 bids from across the country and in Wales were received. The University of Bath has worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015. With Australia based in the University of Bath Team Base this gives the city of Bath the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event and celebration of rugby next year.
A mix of rugby and football clubs, schools, colleges, universities and dedicated training facilities will be utilised by the 20 teams, taking the reach of the Tournament even further.
Professor Kevin Edge, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “We’re proud to be hosting such a strong team as Australia at Rugby World Cup 2015, particularly given that they have won the tournament on the two occasions it has been held in Great Britain.
“We’re also delighted to be involved with a tournament with such a big global profile as Rugby World Cup 2015.
“The University of Bath has an impressive track record as a training base for teams and individual athletes. We were the main preparation camp for ParalympicsGB ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, while swimmers from China and badminton players from Malaysia were among the teams training with us ahead of the Olympics.