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Wasps announce plans to restart club in a new location in Kent

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Monday Oct 23, 2023

Wasps have announced in a statement that the club is looking to build a new stadium as they aim to return to rugby in Kent. The statement says that they are, “actively engaged with Sevenoaks District Council to identify a suitable location”.

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It continues to say, “Having faced significant challenges with regulation and funding, the club has persisted with its determination to revive Wasps at the highest possible level.”

They go on to say that 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.

“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.”

A spokesperson from the Sevenoaks District Council mentioned that Wasps are exploring the possibility of constructing a versatile stadium, training amenities, and a hotel in the vicinity of Swanley. The spokesperson added that the general public would have an opportunity to express their opinions on these plans during the council’s upcoming consultation regarding its local plan, scheduled for next month.

“As a former top-tier club, with an international profile, we firmly believe this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” 

“Wasps would bring unparalleled economic, sports development, health, education, and skills benefits to the district and we are keen to explore how that could be achieved.”

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There are no firm confirmations as to which league Wasps would rejoin the rugby pyramid, but if they are forced to play in the bottom league in Kent, it would mean starting in the 11th-tier Counties 5 Kent division.

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