England Rugby Squad train at Kensington Leisure Centre in run up to Italy clash

17 February 2017

Kensington Leisure Centre on Silchester Road played host to the England Rugby Squad this week, as they ramped up training in the run up to their match against Italy on Sunday 26 February 2017.

Players visited the leisure centre on Tuesday 14 February plunging straight into the 25m swimming pool for lengths and some active recovery work in the water. They returned to the poolside once again on Thursday 16 February when they undertook additional water-based training and enjoyed a game of water polo.

England’s No. 8, Nathan Hughes handed the General Manager Oliver Stacey a signed England shirt on behalf of the team, as a thank you for the warm welcome the players had received when training at the centre.

Tom Tombleson, England’s Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach, said: “The players have really enjoyed coming here this week. The facilities are fantastic and the staff have been very welcoming. The squad have really benefited from the water resistance training. The water polo session seemed to go down well with the players too.”

The new Kensington Leisure Centre, which was built by the Royal Borough at a cost of £30 million, was opened in March 2015 and is regarded as one of the finest sports centre’s in London.

Oliver Stacey added: “It’s been fantastic to have the England players and coaching staff training at Kensington Leisure Centre this week.
“The fact we are able accommodate one of the world’s best international rugby teams highlights the quality of the facilities.
“It’s also been truly inspiring for our staff and users of the centre who had the opportunity to train alongside some sporting legends.”

Facilities at the centre include:

  • a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool, a 20-metre teaching pool with mobile floor, and a 250-seat spectator gallery
  • a 120-station gym which boasts the latest cardio and resistance machines, free weights and functional fitness kit from Technogym and D2F
  • eight-court multi-use sports hall, two fitness studios and sauna/steam facilities with treatment rooms, and
  • it offers a range of keep fit classes.

To plan your visit go to www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/leisure-centres or phone 020 3793 8210.