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Press Release - 15 January 2008

BOA chooses Aldershot as 2012 preparation base

The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced today that it has chosen the Army's Aldershot barracks as the location of its preparation camp ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

A spokesman for the University of Bath, which was one of four sites shortlisted by the BOA, said: “We are naturally disappointed not to have been chosen as the preparation base for the British team prior to the 2012 London Olympics.

“We will, of course, continue to support the sports National Governing Bodies in the training and development of the many British athletes who use our fantastic facilities as they strive for podium places at the Games.

“The University of Bath campus has some of the best sporting and support facilities in the UK, all situated on one site. This will be of great appeal to other national Olympics committees currently seeking a training venue.

“Over the coming weeks we will explore the options that come forward to see how best we can contribute to making the London 2012 Olympics the best ever Games.”


The University of Bath has some of the very best sports, recreation, fitness and support facilities in the UK. Its £30 million Sports Training Village includes four multi-purpose halls, a 50m swimming pool, indoor and outdoor athletics tracks, astroturf pitches, and a martial arts dojo.

These facilities are used regularly by Olympic medal-winning athletes including Jason Gardener and Georgina Harland, and up-and-coming stars including Craig Pickering. The facilities have also been used by professional sports teams, including the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, Sunderland FC and the England rugby team, which will be training at the University in preparation for the RBS 6 Nations tournament.

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