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14 April 2010 | PR 10/70
Loughborough University chosen as headquarters for Team GB’s 2012 Olympic preparation
Loughborough University - The Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB
Loughborough University has been selected by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as The Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The agreement, announced today (Wednesday 14 April), means many of Team GB’s sports disciplines are expected to use Loughborough’s facilities for their pre-Games training.
It is also intended that all members of Team GB will pass through Loughborough University for the official ‘kitting out’ process. This will provide the essential opportunity to bring together the hundreds of athletes and officials into one collective unit and mentally prepare the whole of Team GB for competition at the largest scale multi-sports environment in the world.
In the months preceding the 2012 Games, the BOA will also base its support services at Loughborough.
Of today’s announcement, Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, said: “We are delighted that Loughborough has been selected as the headquarters of Team GB’s preparation camp.
“The University has been the base for the preparation of around 170 British Olympians over the past 30 years, and many of the country’s 2012 contenders are already using our state-of-the-art facilities.
“Today’s announcement is confirmation that Loughborough offers the best possible Olympic preparation environment for many of Team GB’s sports.
“We’d like to thank the East Midlands Development Agency for the support that they have given us over the years to build a world leading sports environment here at Loughborough. This success will bring economic as well as sporting benefits to the East Midlands. We are also grateful to Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council for their support in putting our bid together.”
BOA Chief Executive Andy Hunt commented: “Our number one priority is to ensure that Team GB athletes have the best possible preparation environment immediately before the Games in 2012.
“We are delighted that Loughborough University will partner the BOA as Team GB’s preparation HQ. We’re confident Loughborough’s excellence in the field of sport will be of huge benefit to Team GB’s aspiration of securing fourth place in the London 2012 medal table.”
Councillor David Parsons CBE, leader of Leicestershire County Council, added:
"I very much welcome the news that Team GB’s preparation camp headquarters will be at Loughborough University. It is recognition of Loughborough's world class facilities and its place as the country's leading university for sport. This latest achievement will only enhance the University's international reputation.
“Hosting 500 plus athletes will be a major task and the County Council will do everything it can to support the University in giving Britain’s competitors the very best chance of Olympic success."
GB Badminton Performance Director Ian Moss said:
“The world class facilities available at Loughborough University will provide Great Britain’s badminton players with an excellent training base as the team prepares to achieve their best for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. As a team, we are delighted that the training options open to our athletes now includes this outstanding facility to complete preparations.
“Being a part of the Team GB headquarters will ensure that our athletes are able to benefit from the full range of support services available in the run-up to London 2012, and we look forward to working together with the BOA to fine tune our planning.”
As well as the BOA, Loughborough University will also host the Japanese Olympic team in the weeks prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. The co-location of two major teams will create a unique environment, with Loughborough likely to have the highest concentration of Olympic activity outside the capital.
A partnership agreement, signed with the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) in June last year, has already seen the two organisations working closely together on academic research and teaching activity. Japan’s Olympic sports teams will also be using the University’s world-class facilities for training camps and final preparations before competitions in Europe from now until 2012.
Charnwood Borough Council Interim Chief Executive Geoff Parker said: “To host two major teams in the build-up to the world’s largest multi-sports event is fantastic news, not only for the University, but for the town of Loughborough and the East Midlands as a whole.
“The increase in visitors to the area, including the large media core that accompanies the squads, will bring huge economic benefits to the town and the region. We are working with our partners to ensure that staff, students and the local community are able to capitalise on the benefits that having these teams at Loughborough will bring.”
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Notes for editors:
The Loughborough headquarters will be supported by a series of ‘satellite’ camps.
About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, internationally renowned for research that matters, excellence in teaching and strong links with industry. It is also the UK’s premier university for sport, with an unrivalled reputation in elite performance and its underpinning academic disciplines.
The University has the highest concentration of world-class training facilities in Europe and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. Five national sports performance centres and 11 national governing bodies for sport are located on the campus, and a wide range of sports regularly choose Loughborough to host training camps for their elite athletes.
Loughborough was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, it was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
Loughborough is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.
About the British Olympic Association (BOA)
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB. The BOA’s role is to prepare the ‘Best of British’ athletes for, and lead them at, the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games.
The BOA delivers extensive support services to Britain’s Olympic athletes and their National Governing Bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values and brand in the UK. For further information, go to: www.olympics.org.uk