Cornwall's Stadium for 'One & All' May Update

Stadium Update

Friday 12th Mayl 2017


Cornwall's Stadium for 'One & All' May Update

It has been all systems go following last month’s breakthrough deal between The Cornish Pirates, Truro and Penwith College and Truro City Football Club to share the Stadium For Cornwall.

The joint agreement means both clubs and the college will jointly occupy a single stadium at Langarth Farm, near Threemilestone, Truro, which will be of major benefit to Business, Education, Sport, and the whole Community of Cornwall.

This long sought after and exciting project, which has full planning permission, will provide a Stadium for Cornwall with an initial capacity of 6,000, extendable to 10,000.

A multi-use Sports and Education facility, it will house the Truro & Penwith College Business Centre, plus the educational facilities for their Hospitality and Catering department and for Elite Sports.

With the opening planned for September 2019, much work has been taking place behind the scenes, Cornish Pirates General Manager Tom Magill has just returned from a fact finding trip to the Chiefs - our partner club in New Zealand and has been immersed in the day to day running of a mutli-use 28,500 capacity stadium.

On the Rugby front, Cornish Pirates coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle along with senior player and club Captain Chris Morgan accompanied Tom to New Zealand to further develop their expertise in a Super 15 environment – updates on these visits will be posted next week.

Later this month Dallas Fisher – Chiefs Chairman – will be in Cornwall with the stakeholders to further the development of the strategic plan for the stadium and in particular, the Organisation, Structure and Capitalisation of the business, Building a Sustainable Business Model and Rugby Partnerships

Highlighting the impact of the stadium, Peter Child, Chief Executive of the Cornish Pirates explained:

Peter Child, Chief Executive of the Cornish Pirates“The Community Stadium will provide first class education and training facilities for Truro & Penwith College. There will be a conference centre, meeting and function rooms, offering a platform for business and cultural events, including trade shows and fairs. It will also provide a venue for private parties, functions, weddings and concerts.

“The Business Centre at the Stadium will have real importance, supporting businesses across the county to help drive the local economy and thus create jobs and skills. 

“Additional facilities for the College’s hospitality and catering provision would also be provided, including training kitchen and restaurant staff, delivering apprentices for businesses in the hospitality industry, and training the chefs of the future. The restaurant will also be open to the public.

“For the Cornish Pirates, the stadium will give the long-time future of the club and help maintain its burning desire to achieve Premiership Rugby for Cornwall, whilst for Truro City FC its future in Truro becomes guaranteed and provides the club with a base from which to realise ambition. In both cases it will help keep sporting talent in Cornwall, with the bonus of academy and development facilities , and at the same time hundreds of visiting supporters will increase ‘out of season’ tourism to boost the local economy.

“Again, of real importance, it is envisaged that other teams, schools and bodies will have opportunities to use the Stadium - it will be an inspirational venue where dreams will come true and the whole of Cornwall can be proud of!”

So many recognise the positives that a Stadium for Cornwall will bring for the future benefit of One & All, including central Government who have expressed support and look forward to seeing further progress.

About The Cornish Pirates
The Cornish Pirates play in the RFU Greene King IPA Championship, just one level below Premiership Rugby in England. We are the only professional rugby team in Cornwall and we play at the highest level of any other Cornish team.

In September, 2016, a group of investors (including the previous owner Dicky Evans, two rugby businessman from New Zealand and two previous directors), backed by a professional business board, reinvested and restructured the Company, which has embarked on an ambitious 5-year plan to build a professional rugby team capable of winning the Championship and thus promotion to the Premiership by 2022.

The Stadium for Cornwall is critical to this, giving a facility capable of hosting the highest level of rugby and other sport, and extending the supporter base throughout the county.

The Cornish Pirates are focused on building partnerships with businesses, communities and sporting organisations throughout Cornwall. Structured around the four pillars of Sport, Hospitality, Catering and Events, it will provide the county with the premier facility it needs.

As the project progresses, and as it is a project for ‘One & All’, every effort will be made to keep everyone updated.


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