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Internal News - 20 August 2008

UK School Games to take place on campus

The University is to play host to hundreds of young Olympic hopefuls in the UK School Games (28-31 August 2008).

Some 1500 elite young athletes of school age are set to compete at the third UK School Games and will be resident on campus for the duration of the Games.

While the current British Olympic team recovers from their efforts in Beijing, these talented youngsters, aged 14-18, are using the UK School Games to help prepare for London 2012.

The University will host four of the nine sports on the Games programme in the Sports Training Village: athletics, fencing, table tennis and volleyball.

Other sporting locations used by the athletes include UWE and Filton College.

Possible disruptions on campus

Students and staff should expect some disruption to travel services and parking on campus from Monday 25 August until the end of the Games on 31 August.

Travel to the University on Thursday 28 August and Friday 29 August is likely to be slower than usual and the car parks will be busy due to the volume of competitors and their spectators expected on these days.

The athletes will be eating in Level 1 Café, in the Sports Training Village and in the Claverton Rooms over the four day event so these areas may be busier than usual at peak times. Apologies for any inconvenience.

During the event, the Terrace Restaurant will be used as the athletes hub and will be closed to normal business. Access to the Norwood House corridor will be for accredited UK School Games participants only.

There will be security staff present to ensure that the athlete relaxation area is maintained for accredited personnel only and we ask for the cooperation of all students and staff during this period.

Ged Roddy, Director of Sport at the University, said the Games are an exciting opportunity: “Everyone at Team Bath is looking forward to jointly hosting the third UK School Games.”

“The Games will be a showcase for some of the nation’s most exciting young athletes, but also the outstanding sports facilities we have in the region.

“There will be a huge amount of interest in the UK School Games and we’re looking forward to making it a big success.

“I'd like to thank staff and students on campus in advance for their understanding as we host the young athletes and their families.”

The competition starts on Friday 29 August and students, staff and the general public are welcome to watch the events. Tickets will be available on the door of the Sports Training Village.

For timings and prices, please see the UK Sports Games website in the Related Links section.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Recreation Ground, Bath, on Thursday 28 August. Tickets are available, please see Related Links.

Free family fun day: Saturday 30 August

As part of the Games, there will also be a free family fun day taking place at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 30 August. The event will showcase many sports, including a rugby match between Bath United and Cornish All Blacks at 3pm. (Please see Related Links)

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