The Fijian Rugby Sevens men’s squad chose Canford School as its training base for the fortnight leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which started yesterday, July 28.
The team arrived on the evening of Sunday 10th and spent two weeks in a mix of training sessions with the aim of being at peak performance for the start of the Sevens championships.
The players made full use of the range of sports pitches across Canford’s 250 acres of grounds plus the extensive gym and fitness suite, sports hall and indoor 25m swimming pool within the school sports centre.
Built into the schedule was also some touch rugby and relaxation at the beach.
Coach Ben Gollings, who is a former Canford pupil, was delighted to be back. He said: “When we were looking for a venue for our pre-Games camp, Canford was a natural choice. It’s easy to get to from the major airports, the facilities are first rate and there was plenty of space for us to get acclimatised and bond as a squad.”