The Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, visited Kingsholm on Wednesday together with Parmjit Dhanda, Labour MP for Gloucester.
Gloucester's managing director Ken Nottage, and star players Phil Vickery, Henry Paul and Simon Amor, showed them around the ground and talked about the new 7,500 seated stand that is being developed for the start of the 2005/06 season.
Parmjit Dhanda has also recently spoken of his desire for the inclusion of rugby sevens in the 2012 London Olympic bid and for Kingsholm to host some of the tournament.
Talking during his visit Richard Caborn said: "It's all down to the IOC, but from a British point of view it'd be great to see rugby in the Olympics, even if it was only as an emerging sport."
The Sports Minister had a good chat with the players and was impressed with the new stand development, and the role that the Club plays in the community, not only in terms of the matchday atmosphere, but also the community development activity and 'playing for success' centre at the ground.
Looking at the many social issues that have been raised in recent weeks on the political campaign trail, Caborn added: "Sport is a great driver to improve so many things, and clubs like Gloucester play a key role in this."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Looking to try a new sport? Look no further than Walking Rugby as thanks to Gloucester Rugby you can come along and try out the fast-growing sport at taster sessions across the county, starting this Wednesday.
Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.