University of Surrey welcomes the world for London 2012 pre-Games training camps
19 July 2012
Most of the 16 pre-Games training camp nations arrived at Surrey Sports Park this week and sampled the University of Surrey's impressive on-campus facilities.
Around 250 athletes and delegates have started their London 2012 preparations in English conditions and the University will cater for, accommodate and support the visitors.
The international teams training in Surrey include Team GB, USA, Antigua & Barbuda, Singapore, Philippines, Sweden, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Estonia.
Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive of Surrey Sports Park said: "Preparations are going really well and sixteen Olympic teams and two Paralympic teams will train here over a six-week period. The two weeks leading up to the Games is our busiest period where most athletes and delegates arrive."
He added: "It's a massive logistical operation but we're used to it. We've dealt with international teams before and had a number of teams previously in shadow camps."
Speaking during the Philippines' Olympic swimming training session, the nation's head coach Carlos Brosas praised the facilities on offer at the University and Sports Park.
"It's probably the best place for us to train and camp out before the Olympics. The Games' swimming events will be held in an indoor environment so this replicates it. This is the closest you can ever get to it."
Follow Surrey Sports Park's London 2012 activities on the Park's blog here.
You can watch Podium reporter Stuart Appleby's video report on the pre Games training camps here:
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