Bath announce new ownership and plans to move to Farleigh House

Bath Rugby have just announced that a new owner is taking over the club with the creation of a new elite training complex and headquarters at Farleigh House in Somerset. There is also a plan for a new stadium to hopefully be announced in the next 12 months.

Farleigh Hungerford
Farleigh Hungerford – Bath Rugby’s new Headquarters

Current owner Andrew Brownsword is selling 100% of his shares to Bruce Craig, a successful West-Country born entrepreneur and businessman and former rugby player.

The nation’s media gathered at The Rec this lunchtime only to be transported by minibus to a secret location in the Somerset countryside, Farleigh House.

A blue and white Bath Rugby flag flew from the turrets as we were driven in and from there the full details were revealed.

New owner Craig commented, “We haven’t given up on the Rec as it is very special to everyone – it has great significance to the Club and is one of the most iconic rugby grounds in the country. But it does have many challenges in terms of facilities and capacity, for players and supporters alike.”

“To take us forward, we need a new stadium that will help us create a financially successful club for the long term, one that is able to invest, stand on its own two feet and is also capable of regularly winning trophies. A stadium with all the modern facilities in the heart of Bath, the home of one of England’s finest rugby clubs, will also generate a tremendous amount of civic pride.”