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The University of Southampton

Sporting facilities make the Olympic grade

Published: 7 March 2008

World-class athletes have been invited to use the University of Southampton’s sporting facilities for training in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The University’s Jubilee Sports Centre in Highfield and Boat Hard on the River Itchen appear in a list of more than 600 British venues that will feature in the official training camp brochure, produced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The brochure will be published at the Beijing Games later this year to help athletes from across the globe choose where they want to train for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Extensive details of the facilities will appear on a dedicated website showcasing the quality and variety of options throughout the UK which will help National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) decide where to train.

The Jubilee Sports Centre will offer international competitors training facilities for the Olympic sports of badminton, basketball, judo, indoor volleyball, wrestling, while the Boat Hard will provide facilities for sailing.

The Centre is a state-of-the-art £8.5 million complex, located on the University’s Highfield Campus. It includes:

  • a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool
  • a split-level gym with 140 fitness stations - one of the largest facilities of any UK university
  • an eight-court sports hall, used for badminton, netball, volleyball and basketball.

Laurence Barber, Head of Sport and Recreation at the University of Southampton, says, “We are delighted and very proud to have been chosen as a training camp for elite athletes from across the world. It reflects the strength and diversity of our sporting facilities and how the University and the city can help to make the London 2012 Olympics a huge success.”

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