The 38-strong squad, which was crowned World Cup winners in 2014, will spend five days training intensively at Bishop Burton College, taking full advantage of the College’s state-of-the-art facilities. The College’s RFU- standard facilities, including grass and all-weather pitches and strength and conditioning suites, will be used by the team to perfect their match-play ahead of their 2017 World Cup debut in August.
Combining a mix of high intensity training both on and off the pitch, the team is being supported by staff from Bishop Burton and the England coaching team, headed up by former Bishop Burton Director of Rugby, Simon Middleton.
Ahead of the training camp, Simon Middleton, England Women’s Head Coach said; “The facilities at Bishop Burton are second-to-none so it was a no brainer for me to factor the venue into our gruelling training regime. It also comes at a time when we’re preparing for a series of test matches in New Zealand in June.”
He added; “We have our sights set ondoing well in New Zealand and the ambition for the World Cup is to replicate our success in 2014 so in order to do that, I need to ensure the team has access to the very best training and facilities in the lead up to the first game.
“Bishop Burton provides us with ideal facilities where we can focus on our performance and refine our game play. We are now six weeks into our training programme so it has been a busy period for the team, but I’m confident our efforts will stand us in good stead for the challenge ahead.”
The team will soon be flying out to New Zealand to play test matches against Australia, Canada and New Zealand, as well as a curtain raiser game for the British and Irish Lions vs. Maori All Blacks and this week’s training programme will prepare the team for what’s to come.
The World Cup, which this year takes place in Ireland, starts in early August, where the team will kick-off their campaign to retain the cup with a match against Spain.
Jeanette Dawson OBE, Chief Executive and Principal of Bishop Burton College, summarised; “We are incredibly proud to host the England Women’s Rugby team and we wish them the best of luck for their upcoming challenge.
“The fact that Simon and the rest of the coaching team have returned to Bishop Burton yet again is testament to our staff, our facilities and the enviable reputation within the elite sporting industry that the College has built over the last few years.”
The Principal added; “I speak on behalf of the College, its staff and its students when I say that we will be cheering them on. We wish them the best of luck and hope to have them back soon, as three-time World Cup champions."