The Den: Home to Griffins Rugby and one of the premier rugby training facilities in the country

"Nothing is going to happen overnight, but we’ve seen the positive effects in the team." Phil Camm, The Den Owner & Managing Director

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Griffin Rugby's Men's Division I and II teams saw major improvements from their 2014-15 seasons to this past campaign. The DI side doubled its win total from 2015, while the club's second team won four matches after going winless during the 2014-15 season. The positive strives the Griffins are making on the pitch should only continue with the opening of The Den.

Located in Allen, Texas, not far from Griffin Rugby's training pitch, The Den is a 17,500-square-foot multisport fitness training facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and turf grounds to improve both rugby skills and strength and conditioning.

Founded in 2008, the Griffins have strived to provide its athletes the most professional rugby experience possible. Club Owners Bill Bingham, Phil Camm, and Dr. Matthew Roberson began hiring paid coaches a few years ago, and have recruited a handful of full-time players from professional setups overseas over the last two seasons. The Den's March opening is just the latest phase in the Griffins' plans to become the most professionalized club in the country.

"Most championship clubs in the United Kingdom don't have a facility like this," said Camm. "When these guys come in, they have different expectations of what American rugby is versus professional rugby in the UK. But when given a facility like this, they can be taken care of and enjoy a strength and conditioning program that is second to none."

Among the amenities the Griffins leadership group spared no expenses on are a pro shop selling merchandize and nutritional supplies, both strength and metabolic workout areas, a 40-meter sprint track with timing gates, a studio used for anything from agility work to yoga, and a 2,500-square-foot media room - which also acts as a player's lounge for film review and a few post-match laughs. Not to be forgotten is The Den's 5,000 square feet of World Rugby-approved 3G sports turf made by GreenFields.

The Griffins fully expect The Den to improve the club's recruiting efforts, "especially the higher-end players coming from either a college sports background or professional rugby overseas," as Camm sees it. Although the impressive training facility is less than three months old, Griffin Rugby has already seen The Den improve its club's culture.

"Nothing is going to happen overnight, but we've seen the positive effects in the team," Camm noted. "When the guys are in here at 10:30 in the morning during a team workout, or a recovery session after a game, it adds an element of camaraderie and professionalism you won't find anywhere else."

As for the Griffin Ladies, vast improvement has not arrived at the same rate the men have seen. Due to a lack of women's college teams in the area and the unlikelihood of recruiting female professionals from overseas, the Griffins understand building a National Championship contender on the women's side will be a tougher task as compared to the men's team, but a challenge the club plans to conquer.

Additionally, the Griffins cite a lack of incentive in women's rugby for their shortage in female recruits, stating that their most recent male recruits are searching for a professionalized club that could help earn them a professional rugby contract.

"Hopefully the Olympics will change that," said Camm. "Medaling at the Games could create a huge incentive for women, but from a general perspective, it just isn't as attractive an option for female players yet."

Originally planned to be a training facility solely for Griffins Rugby teams, The Den has reworked its business plan and opened its doors to a variety of sports teams and youth programs for personalized programmed workouts designed by Programming Director Kyle Duarte.

For more information on The Den, visit trainattheden.com.