- 41 Team Bases selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015.
- The University of Brighton will be a Team Base for the Samoan Team at our Falmer campus in Brighton and for the South African Team at our Eastbourne campus, as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015.
- The University of Brighton Falmer Campus Team Base for the Samoan Team consists of both the indoor and outdoor training venues as well as providing access to fantastic fitness facilities. We are also partnering with Brighton & Hove City Council to use the Freedom Leisure-run Prince Regent Swimming Pool. At our campus in Eastbourne we are working as part of the Eastbourne College Team base, specifically providing the indoor and pool training venues as well as access to our state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
- 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.
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 Brighton has worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and has liaised with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015. With the Samoan team based at our Falmer campus in Brighton, and the South African team being jointly hosted with Eastbourne College in Eastbourne, this gives both the city of Brighton and the town of Eastbourne 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.