exceL Esports announce League of Legends training facility at Twickenham Stadium

04 January 2019


UK esports organisation exceL Esports has announced its brand new League of Legends training facilities will be situated at Twickenham Stadium.

exceL Esports was recently revealed as one of the LEC franchise partners for the up and coming season. The team also competes in the Gfinity Elite Series, fielding teams in FIFA, Rocket League and Street Fighter V. 

Twickenham Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility known best for being the home of English rugby, but has also been used for concerts, the NFL and houses state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. 

In the announcement video above, exceL management outline the reasons behind choosing Twickenham and the move away from the “gaming house” model used by many. The players and staff will have access to gym facilities, on-site catering, sport science and sports psychologists which are becoming increasingly popular in esports as the margins between victory and defeat become narrower and narrower given quality of competition. 

The location will have specific rooms for players to play, as well as rooms for VoD reviews and strategy and space for all 10 players on the exceL roster to come together and share opinion and grow as a team. 

Joel Holmes-Darby, Director of Esports at exceL Esports told Esports Insider: “We are incredibly excited to have announced the opening of our new training facility at Twickenham Stadium. The location and infrastructure will allow us to create the best possible environment in which to develop and nurture world class professional esports athletes. It will also serve as a home to our ever-expanding staff team and we hope that Twickenham Stadium will become as synonymous with British Esports as it is with English Rugby”.

By having not only the players at the world-renowned facility, but the ever-growing exceL staff team, it can only go to aid exceL in securing non-endemic sponsorship and continuing its growth as an organisation. This is a sentiment echoed by Managing Director Kieran Holmes-Darby who told ESI: “Aside from the player and staff development advantages, having our training facility in a prestigious traditional sports venue gives us recognition amongst non-endemics. This will aid us in securing commercial deals with brands who are looking to enter the esports space, providing them with comfort that our organisation is reputable amongst the wider audience”. 

Esports Insider says: More big moves from exceL as they reveal state-of-the-art training facilities for their inaugural season in the LEC. With the backroom staff growing and a ten man League roster, there’s almost enough players for a game of Rugby Sevens which is the content we’re all dying to see. Congratulations to Kieran, Joel & co on another great deal.