May 21, 2024

deWilde Facilities Director's Pride in Training Site for USA U20s

The USA Rugby U20s are gearing up for a crucial competition, and their training ground is anything but ordinary.

Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club has prepped the deWilde Rugby & Polo Club grounds for this vital training session. Here's why deWilde is the perfect place for the U20s to hone their skills:

Prime Location: As USA Rugby competes for the Americas spot in the World Rugby U20 Trophy, deWilde offers a strategic location.

Professional Preparation: The U20s need a training ground that reflects the competition level. DeWilde boasts two professional, meticulously lined pitches.

Optimal Playing Surface: Imagine a pristine Pacific Northwest natural grass turf blend surface. That's exactly what awaits the U20s at deWilde – perfect for honing their rugby skills.

Training Advantage: DeWilde's top-notch facilities provide the ideal environment for the U20s to train rigorously and prepare for their upcoming matches.

With deWilde as their training base, the USA Rugby U20s have all the tools they need to succeed in their quest for the Americas spot in the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition.

Here's what Greg Gandy, Maintenance and Facilities Director at deWilde Rugby Fields, had to say about it all.

Chuckanut Bay Rugby Club has been investing in revamping the deWilde Rugby & Polo Fields over the last couple of years. Greg explained how the COVID-19 shutdown became an unexpected opportunity. With fewer activities, the focus shifted to field improvements. Initially, the plan was to level two pitches, but seeing the potential for further enhancement, Gandy proposed an irrigation system.

The project relied heavily on volunteers. Amazingly, around 70-80 people participated in the installation, significantly reducing reliance on manual labor. The club invested in a full system which has resulted in a very high quality Tall Fescue Sports Turf Blend providing an optimal playing surface that is not only safe but allows for nop notch performance.

Since the project officially launched in 2020, we have completed 2 phases, fully funded the 3rd phase and hopefully this year, we launch the fundraising for the 4th phase.

You can learn more about each phase at

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