Cardiff Blues make Pentwyn Leisure Centre a new temporary training base

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Cardiff Blues will train at Pentwyn Leisure in the East of the City while Cardiff Arms Park remains out of use due to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

The facility on Bryn Celyn Road will host John Mulvihill’s men as they prepare for a return to Guinness Pro14 action at the end of August, offering exclusive use of the gym, medical facilities and an artificial surface.

They will also continue to use the grass pitch at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Sophia Gardens.

The move to Pentwyn comes following an agreement between the Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Council and GLL, the company that operate the Leisure Centre, which meets the COVID-19 regulations set out by the Welsh Government, Welsh Rugby Union and World Rugby.

Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website, chief executive Richard Holland said, “We are thrilled to have such a facility in place to support the squad’s phased return to playing and I would like to thank Cardiff Council, particularly Council Leader Huw Thomas, chief executive Paul Orders and Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Peter Bradbury, as well as GLL for their support in this.

“With the Arms Park continuing to play a role in the Dragon’s Heart Hospital we required a top-class facility and all relevant parties have pulled together for a positive solution.

“The new temporary facility will be fully compliant with all Covid-19 regulations and guidelines from Welsh government, World Rugby and the Welsh Rugby Union and we are now looking forward to getting started with a block of conditioning as we work towards a return to action on August 22.”

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