Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club will be able to ‘train with science’ thanks to a new fitness development centre which opened on Friday.
Demonstrating what the new centre at the club’s Haberden ground offers, Josh Walker, coach for the club’s Junior Rugby Academy, said: “We’re training clever, we’re training with science – we’ve got the equipment to do it and the space.”
He explained how it offers them safe weight training as well as indoor space to carry out fitness training.
The centre, which was opened by Bury MP Jo Churchill and St Edmundsbury Mayor Patrick Chung, was part funded by last year’s 352 mile memorial cycle ride in memory of the 18 club members killed in an air crash at Ermenonville, France, in 1974.
On Friday, club chairman Mike Robinson said when their Colts lost a game about three years ago they felt the result was due to fitness rather than skill.
“That’s when the idea was born for a new fitness development centre,” he said. “This is the best facility I believe we have in East Anglia. Others have got gyms, but nothing to compere with this.”
as well as training the club’s own players, the Haberden ground also hosts the West Suffolk Rugby Academy, so teenagers for all over the county will benefit from the facilities.
Bury Rugby Club’s director of rugby Gavin Hogg said: “This has been the missing piece of the jigsaw for us. The missing core has always been the physical side of it. As we’ve progressed through the league, that’s become more and more important to us.”
Jo Churchill said: “It’s another space for children to be active and to give them opportunities.”