Former Premiership outfit, Wasps, have set their sights on a Kent relocation and the construction of a brand-new stadium within the county.
The club’s recent bout with administration, which led to their exclusion from the Premiership a year ago, has prompted this bold move.
Should this ambitious plan come to fruition, it would mark the fifth location Wasps have called home. Their storied history has seen them predominantly based in two different areas of London, with subsequent moves to High Wycombe in 2002 and Coventry in 2014.
The club said in a statement: “The club is actively engaged with Sevenoaks District Council to identify a suitable location and ensure that the development meets both the needs of the club and the broader community.
“Building on the rich 156-year history of Wasps, this move signifies a new chapter in the club’s journey, reaffirming its commitment to professional rugby. In a statement on 17 October the club discussed its strategic journey since October 2022. Having faced significant challenges with regulation and funding, the club has persisted with its determination to revive Wasps at the highest possible level.
“As the development progresses through its planning stages, Wasps will be actively exploring temporary facilities to underpin its operations in Kent. Whilst determined to establish a base in the southeast of England, the club has also agreed an option of utilising Worcester Warriors’ Sixways ground for both training and playing purposes, without in anyway replacing Worcester Warriors RFC and indeed committed to assisting their return to competitive rugby.
“A Wasps spokesperson said: “The journey of Wasps has been one of passion, resilience, and commitment to the game. Our determination to secure a new, sustainable future for the club has never been stronger. By working with Sevenoaks District Council, we hope to build a long-lasting legacy that acknowledges our storied past and charts an ambitious future.”
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