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. The 800 year old Abbey was once a home for the English nobility and aristocracy and is now part of one of Sport England’s National Sports Centres 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.


The sports facilities at Bisham include:

  • Three FA standard grass pitches
  • International Synthetic hockey pitch and two training 'D's
  • 90 station fitness suite 
  • Dance Studio (completion due April 2014)
  • Two squash courts
  • Four indoor tennis courts
  • Four outdoor clay tennis courts 
  • Four outdoor acrylic tennis courts
  • Nine hole golf course (closed due to redevelopment works re-open due October 2014)
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Indoor and outdoor changing facilities
  • Abbey Clinic (sports rehabilitation)
  • Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School

The Abbey is also home to a number of facilities including:

  • Great Hall - ideal for wedding receptions
  • Warwick room - licensed for civil ceremony
  • Seven meeting and conferencing rooms
  • Bar/outdoor terrace area - for marquee events and BBQ's
  • Riverside lawn - ideal for teambuilding events and Fun days
  • En-suite bedrooms

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Current users

Organisations currently using Bisham Abbey include:


Bisham Abbey is currently operated by Serco Leisure Operating Limited.


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


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

  • An accommodation upgrade
  • 25 additional brand new rooms
  • An upgrade of all conference facilities. 
  • New 8-court sports hall
  • New changing rooms both indoors and outdoors
  • Currently underway is a refurbishment of Clayton Hall accommodation , creating en-suite bedrooms in every room
  • Future plans include a refurbishment to the Queen’s Hall Bar next year.

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

  • 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 

Find out more about facilities at Lilleshall.


Current users

Organisations currently using the venue include:

Lilleshall is also used by the community with the majority of elite facilities being available to the community out of elite usage hours and other facilities being used specifically by the community.


Lilleshall is currently operated by Serco Leisure Operating Limited.

Plas y Brenin

Nestled deep in the heart of Snowdonia it’s unrivalled as a destination for adventure activities of all kinds. For almost 60 years Plas y Brenin has been running courses and holidays in outdoor activities, introducing newcomers to the outdoors, helping outdoor enthusiasts improve 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 including hill walking, rock climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, mountain biking, road cycling, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing and first aid. 


The facilities include a range of outdoor adventure facilities including:

  • Rolling Pool
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Absail tower
  • 2 Mountain Bike training courses and pump track
  • Dining Facilities
  • State of the art Lecture Theatre
  • Class rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Accommodation
  • Bar area

The centre hosts over a third of all outdoor qualifications in the UK, with many governing bodies and international associations either based on-site or hosting regular events.

Courses are categorised into residential, non-residential and off-site courses, with one third being formal qualifications and two thirds being skills-related courses.

In addition to qualification courses, the centre delivers outdoor skills and safety training courses in climbing, mountaineering, wild water and sea paddling, rope access, first aid, mountain rescue, and alpine climbing.

Find out more about Plas y Brenin facilities.

Current users

Organisations currently using Plas y Brenin include:


Plas y Brenin is currently managed by the Mountain Training Trust (MTT). MTT is a registered charity, set up by the British Mountaineering Council, the Mountain Leader Training Board, and the United Kingdom Mountain Training Board, specifically to run the centre.