Friday, 7 March 2008

Trent Bridge Named In Pre-Olympic Guide

Trent Bridge was today named as one of the top East Midlands sporting venues to be included in London’s 2012 Pre-Olympic Games Training Camp Guide.

The Guide will be published at the Beijing Games and will give teams and individual athletes a great selection of venues from which they can choose to prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Guide will be circulated to all National Olympic and Paralympic Committees, who will then decide where to base themselves or to send athletes to prepare and acclimatise for London 2012.

Said Notts Chief Executive Derek Brewer: “It is excellent news that Trent Bridge has been included in the Guide and we look forward to playing a part in the exciting build-up to London 2012.

“That’s an event which will captivate the UK like never before and we are very anxious to be a part of it.

“Bearing in mind that the archery competition in 2012 will be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, we recognised some time ago that there was obvious potential to stage pre-event competitions at Trent Bridge.

“It is no secret that we have already held discussions with local and national archery organisations to check the feasibility, and now that we have officially been named in the Guide we will be looking to take things forward.”

Facilities in the East Midlands Guide range from well known major sporting hubs, universities and schools, and community and sports specific facilities.

Said Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of East Midlands Development Agency: “We are delighted that many of our regional facilities will be included in the Guide.

“We can offer venues right across the East Midlands from world renowned, iconic venues such as Trent Bridge through to fantastic community facilities such as Braunstone Leisure Centre in Leicester. In Loughborough University we are proud to have one of the very best sports training facilities in the world.

“We see the hosting of teams as a real opportunity to bring the Games to the people of the East Midlands and we know we have a range of sites that will be attractive to competing nations.”