London Irish have started building work on their new state of the art training facility on the site of Hazelwood Golf Course.
It is anticipated that the development, which is half a mile from the current training ground, will be finished by the summer of 2014 and it will be used by the club's amateur, junior and academy sides as well as the first team.
The new facility will boast five full size pitches, one of which will be 3G, and 12 junior pitches and London Irish chief executive Andy Martin says the club has been working hard on the project and it will leave a great legacy for future generations.
"This is an exciting time for the club. Hazelwood is a real statement of our intent to move London Irish forward. We are seeking to deliver an elite training facility of which everyone can be proud," he said.
"It is what we have been working towards for quite some time and not only secures the future of our organisation, but also enables us to leave a lasting legacy to future members of the wider London Irish family. It will be a centre of excellence for our members, supporters, partners, staff and community to use and enjoy."
Director of rugby Brian Smith also thinks the new training ground will help him to achieve his goals, particularly in terms of player recruitment as it will make it easier to "retain and entice the best players", and he is looking forward to moving in.
"Everyone wants to come and work in nice places and rugby players are no different. We will have a shiny new training base with some of the best facilities in the country," he said.
Article sourced from www.runningrugby.com