MUNSTER CEO, Garrett Fitzgerald revealed that a planning application for the province’s new training facility at UL will be lodged in the coming weeks.
The new facility will be a key element in Munster’s move to a single training base in Limerick.
Munster Rugby’s decision to opt for a single training base at the University of Limerick will allow the squad train for up to four additional hours each week, an opportunity which is currently being compromised by the province’s twin-base training system of Limerick and Cork.
Munster announced in May of last year that the province will base their main squad training centre at UL from 2015. UL beat off stiff competition from both LIT and CIT in the battle to host the base.
Speaking at a press briefing in UL this week, Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said: “Where we are with the training centre at the moment is it’s due to go to planning in the next three to four weeks. It will obviously have to go to tender after that. It’s UL doing the thing, we’re working with them.
“The plan initially was for July 2015, but there may be a few months to that, depending on how the planning process goes. We’re happy with where it is.”
The new state-of-the-art, dedicated facility, located on the UL campus, will be purpose-built and is anticipated to be fully operational in 2015. The decision to establish the base at UL was taken after a lengthy consultative process involving players, management, Munster officials and an independent outside consultant.
Munster’s future new signings will be urged to base themselves in Limerick as a result of the decision.
Former Munster team manager, Shaun Payne said players will enjoy a ‘massive benefit’ from being able to train collectively at one centre throughout the week, rather than on a couple of days each week. He estimated that up to four hours of potential training time each week is being compromised with the current twin training base.”