Bring it 'Holm - Gloucester Rugby for 2015 World Cup 2015 could bring £50m sporting windfall
A CENTRE for sporting excellence could be the focal point of multi-million pound investment – if Gloucester wins host city status for Rugby World Cup 2015.
A central government regeneration investment pot swelling beyond £50million could be on its way, aimed at transforming sporting and community facilities in the city.
A multi-use community stadium would also form the bedrock of plans to capitalise on the legacy of world rugby's upcoming showpiece tournament.
Gloucester Rugby and Gloucester City Council have teamed up on an impassioned pitch for Kingsholm to host World Cup fixtures in two years' time.
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But the city council has also tabled a heavily-researched bid for Gloucester to play host to a competing nation for the tournament.
England Rugby 2015 were primed to submit their preferred list of 12 World Cup venues to the International Rugby Board yesterday.
Should Kingsholm be on that list, then host-city status becomes a very credible possibility.
The Government is intent on bolstering the legacy impact of the 2015 tournament.
Host cities will be in the running for cash windfalls to help fund new projects to regenerate urban areas and increase sporting options.
The city council – with MP Richard Graham – have been lobbying for Gloucester to make that list.
Rugby World Cup 2015 will comprise 20 teams and organisers will be keen to post national squads in close proximity to venues.
England are likely to remain based at Bagshot's Pennyhill Park.
Kingsholm could operate as a "home" ground for one nation, with that country's squad and management based within the county.
Hartpury College's world-class facilities make it the envy of the Premiership, with Gloucester's purpose-built training base there.
But now the city itself could be in line for a huge financial boost, to help create stunning new facilities.
â A £2million windfall for sport in Gloucestershire primary schools was also announced today. It is part of a £150million nationwide investment by the government in securing the country's Olympic legacy.