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Jason Gardener & Georgina Harland with their 2004 Olympic medals
Jason Gardener & Georgina Harland with their 2004 Olympic medals

Press Release - 10 January 2007

University of Bath on GB’s London 2012 shortlist

The University of Bath is on a shortlist of three sites to host the Great Britain team’s preparation camps in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, it was revealed today (Wednesday).

The University of Bath Sports Training Village is already a permanent training home for a number of current and potential Olympians.

It has a host of state of the art sports facilities, including a 50m indoor pool, a 400m athletics track, an indoor running straight, a judo dojo, indoor sports hall, fencing salle, indoor shooting range, an eight-court indoor tennis complex and a comprehensive range of medical and sports science facilities.

The University's facilities are coupled with its world-class sports support services such as physiotherapy, sports medicine, physiology, coaching and sports management expertise - all vital ingredients needed to host a team of the size and level of Britain's 2012 Olympic team.

Professor George Lunt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said the decision to shortlist the University is good news for both the University and the City of Bath.

He said: “The University of Bath is extremely proud to be on the British Olympic Association's shortlist to host the British Olympic team's preparation camps for the London 2012 Games.

“Not only can the University offer exceptional world-class facilities for almost all of the Olympic sports, but also it can also offer the British team first-class support facilities, including over 2,000 beds on campus.”

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, added: “We are thrilled that the City of Bath could play such a prominent role in the 2012 Games.”

Ged Roddy, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “The University of Bath has played an important part in preparing British athletes for a number of Olympic Games, including Jason Gardener, Colin Jackson, Paul Palmer, Mark Foster, Darren Mew, Steph Cook, Kate Allenby, Georgina Harland, Alex Coomber and Shelley Rudman.

“It would be a fantastic honour for the University of Bath to host the preparation camps for the Great Britain team for such a momentous occasion as the London 2012 Olympics.”

The University of Bath has been shortlisted along with Millfield School in Street and Loughborough University.

Graham Newsom, Director of Communications at the British Olympic Association, said: “We have chosen these three locations because they are already leaders in performance sport.”


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