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Ged Roddy  describes STV to Richard Caborn & Vice-Chancellor
Ged Roddy, Richard Caborn & the Vice-Chancellor
Richard Caborn with Andy Gomersall & Iain Balshaw

Press Release - 10 February 2005

Sports Minister impressed by facilities at Sports Training Village

The Rt Hon Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, visited the South West today and met with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Glynis Breakwell, the University's Director of Sport and Chairman of the South West Sports Board, Ged Roddy MBE, and the Director of Sport England South West, Jim Clarke, to discuss the relationship of the County Sports Partnerships with Universities and professional sports clubs in the South West.

Mr Caborn's visit included a tour of the £23 million Sports Training Village at the University of Bath, where he met two of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad, Andy Gomersall and Iain Balshaw, who were training at the University with the England A squad prior to their match against France A at the Recreation Ground in Bath on Friday.

The Minister's last visit to the Sports Training Village was during the early stages of its construction 18 months ago.

He said: "The Sports Training Village is a great investment. The facilities here are fantastic and exactly what we're looking for in terms of excellence. This is what's going to get us more gold medals and hopefully win us Wimbledon.

"There's a great sporting ethos here, with both the community and elite athletes. That synergy is one that works and it inspires young people to come through."

Ged Roddy said: "The Minister has been a supporter of this project from its conception and so it was nice to show him the finished article and demonstrate the value of the investment. He was particularly impressed by the Olympic medals won by athletes based here, the massive community use and the development of ground-breaking research within the University."

Ged Roddy, Richard Caborn and Glynis Breakwell

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