Kensington Leisure Centre on Silchester Road played host to the England Rugby Squad this week, as they ramped up training in the run up to their match against Italy on Sunday 26 February 2017.

Players visited the leisure centre on Tuesday 14 February plunging straight into the 25m swimming pool for lengths and some active recovery work in the water.  They returned to the poolside once again on Thursday 16 February when they undertook additional water-based training and enjoyed a game of water polo.

England’s No. 8, Nathan Hughes handed the General Manager Oliver Stacey a signed England shirt on behalf of the team, as a thank you for the warm welcome the players had received when training at the centre.

Tom Tombleson, England’s Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach, said: “The players have really enjoyed coming here this week. The facilities are fantastic and the staff have been very welcoming. The squad have really benefited from the water resistance training. The water polo session seemed to go down well with the players too.”

The new Kensington Leisure Centre, which was built by the Royal Borough at a cost of £30 million, was opened in March 2015 and is regarded as one of the finest sports centre’s in London.

Oliver Stacey added: “It’s been fantastic to have the England players and coaching staff training at Kensington Leisure Centre this week.

“The fact we are able accommodate one of the world’s best international rugby teams highlights the quality of the facilities.

“It’s also been truly inspiring for our staff and users of the centre who had the opportunity to train alongside some sporting legends.”