Over 100 Pre- Games training opportunities for international athletes in every nation and region of the UK
Over 100 Pre-Games Training Camp agreements (PGTC) have been signed across every nation and region of the UK, in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The camps - organised, through formal agreements or Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), between cities in the UK, National Olympic and Paralympic Committees (NOC/ NPC) and international teams - will provide athletes with a base from which to prepare, train and acclimatise ahead of the Games.
The vision of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the Olympic Games, to unite the world through sport and education while inspiring youth, is recognised in the PGTC agreements, which represent an opportunity for cultural exchange, education and engagement alongside provisions for international sporting teams.
In many cases partnerships between PGTC hosts and participating countries have already begun, with cities adopting their NOCs/NPCs, forging strong relations and developing exciting community engagement programmes.
Seb Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) said: "Training Camps are essential preparation for the London 2012 Games. Each facility will provide a vital service to ensure athletes can prepare for competition in 2012 while engaging their local community with sport and culture."
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics said: "We have always been determined to make the 2012 Games not just about London, but the whole of the UK. Offering 100 training camps across the country highlights the many world class sporting facilities that can be used by athletes from around the World. I am sure that all the athletes will be given a fantastic, warm welcome."
South West England plan to host teams from nearly 20 countries in the lead up to the 2012 Games. They include the University of Bath which was selected as the host for Paralympics GB's preparation camps in July 2009 and has so far hosted three camps, which are a key part of the British team's build-up to the 2012 Games. The university hopes to work with the Lithuanian Modern Pentathlon Team while the Lithuanian Swimming Team will train at Plymouth Life Centre.