Proud hosts

We are proud to be hosting individuals and squads from more than a dozen nations who will prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the University.

We have some of the best sports facilities in the country on one site and athletes and their coaches from four continents will flock to Bath to fine-tune their preparations ahead of the biggest sporting show on earth.

  • ParalympicsGB selected Bath to host its London 2012 preparation camps back in 2009. Our world-class facilities, compact site and sports technical expertise, including our proven track record of providing outstanding physiotherapy, sports science and medical services to elite athletes, were leading factors in why we were chosen.
  • ParalympicsGB athletes, coaches and support staff have attended camps at our Claverton campus in the summers of 2010 and 2011, and will return again this summer for the final camp in Bath before moving to the Games Village.

  • China will be basing 25 top swimmers at the University for three weeks before the start of London 2012. They were impressed with our world-leading swim facilities which include a 50m pool plus sport science back-up areas for physiology, physiotherapy, ice-baths and saunas, as well as video-analysis capabilities.
  • A 30-strong contingent of Russia’s top track and field athletes will train on campus in the build-up to the Games and stay in accommodation on campus.
  • Malaysian badminton athletes will train at the University in the build-up to both the London 2012 and to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2010 the Malaysian Government, through the Malaysian National Sports Institute, signed a wide-ranging reciprocal sports and academic agreement.

Olympic and Paralympic athletes from numerous other nations have also selected the Sports Training Village as their base:

  • Olympic athletes from Iceland in athletics and swimming 
  • Olympic athletes and swimming teams from the United Arab Emirates
  • Olympic athletes from Libya in swimming, judo, athletics, powerlifting and taekwondo
  • Swimmers, boxers and track & field athletes from St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Paralympic swimmers and athletes from Denmark

Teams that are expected to train here this summer are:

  • Olympic athletes from Afghanistan in powerlifting and athletics
  • Olympic athletes from Yemen in swimming, judo, athletics, wrestling and taekwondo

Athletes from Barbados, Cyprus, Egypt, Ghana, Lithuania and the Republic of Ireland have also trained at the University ahead of 2012. 

“It’s fantastic that we’ll have so many athletes from so many different countries training at the University of Bath ahead of London 2012,” said Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath.

“It will be a veritable United Nations at the Sports Training Village and it’s with great pride that we’ll welcome these teams to the University.”

Watch a video from the BBC about how we are welcoming international prospects.

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