Western Province Rugby have previewed their new High Performance Centre (HPC), a state-of-the-art training venue that will come into service later this month.
The high-tech training facility in Bellville has been developed by WP Rugby for the purpose of providing the union with a venue where all Western Province’s senior professional teams can train and develop in a holistic and all-inclusive environment.
Rugby 365 reports that senior Professional Coach Rassie Erasmus took members of the media on a tour of the centre on Tuesday, highlighting the extensive and modern facilities that will be available to the Stormers, Western Province senior and Under-21 players.
Through significant investment from WP Rugby, the Stormers and Western Province professional teams will finally be able to prepare in a modern, centralised, controlled environment, a place they can call home.
For too long these teams have had to move from one training facility to another and prepare in conditions that were not ideal. The High Performance Centre has been a long time coming and after finally securing a 30-year lease from the City, construction commenced in October 2007.
The WP Rugby HPC will provide a total program of world-class coaching, sport science and professional support to contracted WP rugby players, thus maximising their chances of achieving athletic excellence.
The facility will also be utilised for programmes for club coaches, youth elite squads and rugby clinics.
Newlands Rugby Stadium, together with the High Performance Centre in Bellville and the WP Rugby Institute in Stellenbosch will now stand as proud symbols of Western Province Rugby.
Coach Erasmus explained the philosophy behind the training centre, and revealed that it was the intention of WP Rugby to provide their players with every possible aid in order to become the best.
“We want our guys to aspire to something,” Erasmus told the media at the facility in Bellville near Cape Town.
“At Western Province, we want players who set goals for themselves and their careers. We want to give these players everything they need to reach the top level in the game.
“If a guy didn’t make it, we don’t want the finger to point to us, and people to say that the right facilities were not available.
“Everything seems to take longer because of all the driving involved here in Cape Town. Now we have put everything together in one place, maximising time and streamlining the professional process,” said Erasmus.
Fitness and conditioning coach Greg Hechter will be extending his role with WP, and will be overseeing part of the operations of the centre as High Performance coordinator.
Hechter conducted a tour of the facility, which includes a wealth of modern training facilities such as a large, fully equipped gymnasium, rehabilitation centre, changing rooms, hot-tubs and ice baths for recovery sessions, video analysis facilities, strapping rooms and physio treatment facilities.
Other training aids include two full-size rugby fields, as well as sterile rooms where lesser medical procedures can be performed by the WP medical personnel, such as stitching and cleaning cuts.
Hechter also pointed out that one of the ideas behind the concept is to create aspirational values in their junior players, so that they would strive to move up in the WP ranks.
The value system will be developed to encourage junior players on striving for development towards seniority, and to try and achieve certain goals or rank within the facility.
A player’s seniority will be visible by the privileges he enjoys within the facility, for example, the WP Under-21 players will not have access to the same facilities and luxuries as the senior WP players, but as a junior progresses through the ranks, so will his privileges increase, until he is a fully-fledged senior player.
“We want players to develop in more areas than just rugby,” said Hechter. “We want our people to develop in all areas of their lives.”
The WP senior team will officially move into the facility on Monday, July 7.Tweet