Exeter College and Exeter Athletic Rugby Club have announced a landmark new partnership that will see further significant investment into the club’s Bravelands facilities and the College’s Rugby Academy fixtures moved to be played at Oil Mill Lane on the planned improved pitches

Exeter Athletic run a number of amateur sides for men and women, currently play fixtures at Bravelands on Oil Mill Lane and now, with additional planned support from Exeter College, the pitches will see significant improvements creating an exceptional environment for rugby.

The College’s hugely popular Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy, which provides the region’s aspiring male and female rugby stars a route into professional sport alongside gaining formal qualifications, will soon play their fixtures at Exeter Athletic’s Bravelands ground.

Exeter College Director of Vocational and Technical Education Ross Morshead said, “This is a terrific partnership for our learners and this facility will be a great asset to the community game in Exeter as well as to our students”.

“We’re looking forward to sharing Exeter Athletic’s home and we can’t wait to welcome some of the best schools and academy programmes from across the country to Bravelands. I know our students are really looking forward to the benefits this will bring them as part of their studies.

“Exeter Athletic is a terrific rugby club, offering fantastic opportunities in the amateur rugby game for people of all ages and abilities. It’s great to be able to work alongside such a great community club and be a part of their future plans."

The Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy students with Exeter College will continue to train at their specialist Exwick Sports Hub and will compete in official fixtures on Wednesdays at Oil Mill Lane. This new partnership allows both the men’s and women’s sides to run a number of fixtures in the same location on the same day.

Harry Langley, chairman of Exeter Athletic said, “Exeter Athletic are really pleased with this new collaborative partnership. Being a community based club with lots of pitch space, we want to see the facilities used as much as possible. With the drainage improvement this partnership will facilitate as well as the new clubhouse building plans that are in the final planning stages, then we expect the next year will see a major step change in the rugby played at Bravelands.”

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