WORCESTER Warriors’ indoor training facilities will be given a major refurbishment ahead of the new Aviva Premiership season.

The club’s indoor training centre will be upgraded to a 4G surface and include a running track and sandpit for players undergoing rehabilitation work.

A new cryotherapy, ice bath, sauna and resistance pool facilities will be unveiled.

The club will also be installing an elite player dressing room for the matchday squad and also introduce a separate dressing room for use during the week.

Building work will begin immediately as the West Stand facilities used by the playing squad and coaching staff will be given a major overhaul.

The work is being funded by Sixways Holdings Limited and expected to be completed before Warriors’ opening Premiership fixture against Northampton Saints on Friday, October 16 (7.45pm).

Warriors chief executive Jim O’Toole said: “We have been clear about our vision to become a successful Aviva Premiership Club and this announcement is another significant step towards that goal.

“This redevelopment will give us a rugby facility which is among the best in English club rugby, something which will enable current and fu - ture players and backroom staff to perform in a top-class working environment.

“The improved facilities will be among the best in the country to ensure players have a first-class base during the week and on matchdays.”

Elsewhere in the redevelopment project, there will be a refurbishment of both the referee and trauma rooms, while the away dressing room will also be moved and upgraded.

The coaches will move to new offices, while the strength and conditioning department will have a new working space.

Throughout the work, which is expected to be completed in early October, players will use temporary changing and gym facilities.