GLASGOW Warriors chief Sean Lineen was gushing with praise as he cast an eye over the club's soon-to-be new training base in Scotstoun today.
As of next June the Warriors will decamp to a state-of-the-art training centre at Scotstoun Sports Complex thanks to a partnership confirmed today between Scottish Rugby, Glasgow City Council and Culture and Sport Glasgow.
It will follow completion of a £17.6 million redevelopment of the stadium ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
As well as becoming the training base for the Warriors, the complex will also become a centre of excellence for rugby and a hub for rugby development as part of the Glasgow City development plan for the sport.
Lineen said: “The plans for Scotstoun look fantastic. It’s a world class facility and I’m delighted it will be the new training base of Glasgow Warriors.
“We are a club on the up and to have direct access to both grass pitches and an all-weather surface here in addition to all strength, conditioning and medical facilities is a major boost to our future ambitions.
"We have world class players here and we will soon have the facilities to match."
The £17.6 million redevelopment of Scotstoun Stadium is due to be completed in the autumn - and a £1.3 million extension of the adjoining Leisure Centre will be completed at the end of the year.
The new facilities will include new grandstands, indoor athletics training facilities, refurbishment of the outdoor 400 metre athletics track and in the centre, an extension of the cafe, reception and foyer areas and new fitness suite facilities.
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for Commonwealth Games delivery at Glasgow City Council, also added his name to the list of ringing endorsements for Scottish Rugby’s investment in Scotstoun as he and the city gears up for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
He said. “I have no doubt that this partnership will be good for Glasgow rugby and good for our plans to develop sport at elite and grass-roots level in the run-up to hosting the Games in 2014."
• The facilities that the Warriors will have access to at Scotstoun include: A grass training pitch, a 3G all-weather training pitch, a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suite, a 100m indoor running track, office space, a physiotherapy/medical suite, changing rooms, a players’ lounge and a meeting/video analysis room.