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National Centres

The three National Sports Centres, owned by the Sports Council Trust Company, provide world class training and competition facilities to a wide range of national governing bodies and community users.

Bisham Abbey

If buildings could speak, Bisham Abbey would have a fascinating story to tell. Once a home for the English nobility and aristocracy, the 800-year-old Abbey was and is now part of one of our National Sports Centres. The Berkshire centre is used as a prestigious training venue for over 20 different sports and organisations including the English Institute of Sport, England Hockey, WIN Tennis Academy and the England Football and Rugby Associations.

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Find out more about Bisham Abbey.

Bisham Abbey


Originally built in 1831 as the hunting lodge and family retreat of the Duke of Sutherland, Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre in Shropshire is a flagship residential training centre and award-winning National Centre of Excellence for many of the UK's top sportsmen and women.  

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  • Facilities

    Lilleshall has benefitted from major refurbishment over the past few years, including:

    • An accommodation upgrade, with a new 25-room accommodation block
    • Upgraded conference facilities
    • An eight-court sports hall
    • New changing rooms both indoors and outdoors.
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  • Sporting facilities

    The Centre is fully open to the general public and provides a base for numerous local sporting clubs and the following activities:

    • Nine grass pitches (for football and rugby) 
    • Two floodlit synthetic pitches (for football and hockey)
    • Two multi-purpose sports halls
    • Badminton
    • Five-a-side and futsal
    • Indoor archery
    • Indoor hockey
    • Table tennis
    • Netball
    • Cricket nets
    • Basketball
    • Aerobics
    • Martial arts
    • Gymnastics halls (including pitted gymnasium)
    • Indoor and outdoor archery ranges
    • Sports injury rehabilitation centre
    • Five squash courts (two glass and three hard back)
    • Dedicated weightlifting facilities
    • Bowling green
    • Orienteering course
    • Bar and TV lounge
    • State of the art lecture theatre and meeting rooms
    • Chapters à la carte restaurant
    • Accommodation.
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Find out more about Lilleshall.


Plas y Brenin

Plas y Brenin, located in Snowdonia, attracts adventurers across the country seeking intensive physical activity in a stunning location. For almost 60 years, Plas y Brenin has been running courses and holidays in outdoor activities, introducing newcomers to the outdoors, improving their outdoor skills and training outdoor instructors. The Centre team run a huge range of holidays, courses and expeditions in a wide range of activities.

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Find out more about Plas y Brenin.

Plas y Brenin

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