POSTED: Thursday November 10th 2011
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OVER 100 PRE GAMES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES IN EVERY NATION AND REGION OF THE UK

Over 100 Pre-Games Training Camp agreements (PGTC) have been signed across every nation and region of the UK, in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The camps- organised, through formal agreements or Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), between cities in the UK, National Olympic and Paralympic Committees (NOC/ NPC) and international teams - will provide athletes with a base from which to prepare, train and acclimatise ahead of the Games.
The vision of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Olympic Games, to unite the world through sport and education while inspiring youth, is recognised in the PGTC agreements, which represent an opportunity for cultural exchange, education and engagement alongside provisions for international sporting teams.
In many cases partnerships between PGTC hosts and participating countries have already begun, with cities adopting their NOCs/NPCs, forging strong relations and developing exciting community engagement programmes.
Seb Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) said: “Training Camps are essential preparation for the London 2012 Games. Each facility will provide a vital service to ensure athletes can prepare for competition in 2012 while engaging their local community with sport and culture.”
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics said: “We have always been determined to make the 2012 Games not just about London, but the whole of the UK. Offering 100 training camps across the country highlights the many world class sporting facilities that can be used by athletes from around the World. I am sure that all the athletes will be given a fantastic, warm welcome.”
For full lists of all Pre-Games Training Venues visit: http://www.london2012.com/documents/venue-documents/pre-games-training-camps-agreements.pdf

Case studies:
·      The East Midlands plan to have two of the biggest and most high profile NOCs in the world using their world class venues in the lead up to the Games. Team GB and Japan are signed up to use Loughborough University, while Loughborough has already hosted preparation camps for Japanese athletes in various sports including Modern Pentathlon, Triathlon, Athletics and Wresting. As part of this, students in the region are learning about Japanese culture through the Musubi Project which encourages young people to take part in traditional Japanese activities ranging from Taiko drumming and sushi making to learning languages and sport.


·      Glasgow Life, on behalf of Glasgow City Council in Scotland, organised a three-week training camp for athletes, coaches and members of the Zambian NOC. Glasgow has focussed on attracting Commonwealth nations for pre-London 2012 training camps and is also looking forward to welcoming a delegation from Namibia next year.  This is a great opportunity for Glasgow as they lay foundations for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.


·      The Barbados Olympic Association’s partnership with Crawley and West Sussex has been flourishing for a number of years. Two boxers from the island recently visited for an extended training camp with Crawley Boxing Club.


·      South West England plan to host teams from nearly 20 countries in the lead up to the 2012 Games.  They include the University of Bath which was selected as the host for Paralympics GB’s preparation camps in July 2009 and has so far hosted three camps, which are a key part of the British team’s build-up to the 2012 Games.  The university hopes to work with the Lithuanian Modern Pentathlon Team while the Lithuanian Swimming Team will train at Plymouth Life Centre. 


·      Wales has truly opened its doors to the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, with ambitions to host PGTC’s for sports from at least five different countries including Paralympic PGTCs for three NPCs.


·      The North West of England could witness the start of medal campaigns from Ian Thorpe, as part of the Australian Swimming team’s camp, and the USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams. Three NPCs and a collection of NOCs from Oceania will also reside in the region.


·      The Colombian Olympic Boxing team has already trained alongside young boxers from the newly launched Gateshead College Boxing Academy during a visit to the North East, where they plan to stay before the 2012 Games. The team of seven boxers and two trainers travelled to the region from South America to take advantage of the world class training facilities at Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium.


·      The Chinese National Artistic Gymnastics teams aim to locate their PGTC at Salto National Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. China, which is renowned for excellence in gymnastics, topped the medals table at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with 18 medals.


·      In the East of England the British Virgin Islands NOC has developed a friendship with the village of Aston, near Stevenage, who have pledged to support the team as they prepare for London 2012.


·      The West Midlands hope to host two of the most high profile athletics teams in the world, USA and Jamaica, using their newly renovated Alexander Stadium and the Birmingham University campus.


·      Yorkshire has Memorandums of Understanding signed with 11 nations, constituting over 30 individual teams, including the Serbian NOC, the USA diving team in Sheffield, the Russian diving team in Leeds and the Vietnamese NOC in Bradford.

·      In London St Mary’s has a new £8.25m sports facility to offer athletes from South Africa and Ireland while Brunel University aims to host the Korean NOC, and several teams including Athletics Canada.



Notes to editors:
LOCOG ran an open process from July 2006 to January 2007 inviting sporting facilities from around the UK to apply to be featured in our Pre Games Training Camp Guide. Once verified, LOCOG published approved training venues online at http://trainingcamps.london2012.com/ for NOCs and NPCs to use in their planning and preparation for London 2012.
NOC’s and NPC’s have signed Memorandums of Understanding and/or agreements with sports facilities and potential PGTC hosts which will be finalised through a formal process lead by LOCOG.
There are over 600 high-quality sporting facilities specifically selected as Training Camps in the UK for the 2012 Games.
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As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters - Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers - Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Supplier, Otto Bock.
The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

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