Southampton`s Olympic bid gets the green light

Southampton City Council is celebrating a major achievement in the world of sport after learning that facilities across the city have been included in London's 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. 

The announcement by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games recognises the high quality of leisure facilities in the area. 

It follows a comprehensive joint submission from Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council / Dynamo School of Gymnastics in Hamble, the Rose Bowl, and the University of Southampton to Sport England in January 2007. 

The Training Camp Guide will be presented to the National Olympic Committee at the Beijing Olympics later this year and organisations will then decide where they base themselves or where to send individual athletes to prepare and acclimatise for London 2012. 

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee commented: "We said we wanted the London Games to be for athletes and the facilities listed in the guide will really help overseas athletes prepare well. The process has shown a great spread of high quality facilities throughout the UK that can be used by elite athletes." 

The list includes the University of Southampton's Jubilee Sports Centre and its sailing facilities; the city's international diving facilities at The Quays; and the Southampton Gymnastics Centre at Redbridge. 

Southampton`s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Neighbourhoods, Councillor Derek Burke, said: "We are thrilled with the success of the joint working group, which has had all of its recommendations accepted. This really supports the Active Southampton partners' ambition to maximise the benefits of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games for the city. We're now looking forward to welcoming sports people from all over the world to Southampton."

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