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Internal News - 23 February 2005

Chinese delegation impressed by Sports Training Village

The Chinese delegation are on a fact-finding mission to the UK to look at how other countries train their athletes and are also keen to discover ways of equipping athletes to find new roles once their sporting careers have come to an end.

The group yesterday (Tuesday) attended a guided tour of the Sports Training Village, including the fully-equipped Fitness Suite, the 50m swimming pool, the indoor athletics running straight and the eight-court indoor tennis complex. They also saw the Sports Injuries Clinic and Human Performance. All of these facilities are open to members of the public.

Delegation leader Jiang Zhixue, Acting Director General of the Personnel Department in the General Administration of Sport - the governing body for sport affairs in China - said he was impressed by what he had seen.

"The facilities here are very good and very advanced," he said. "We felt that sharing facilities among elite athletes, the community and students and staff at the University is a very good way of making best use of the resources."

The group also had a presentation on education opportunities at the University of Bath.

Ged Roddy, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: "It was an honour and a privilege for us to host this visit and we hope it may lead to further links with China."

The tour of the Sports Training Village was part of a tour of educational establishments in the UK and was organised by the British Council.