Suffolk prepares for Olympic bonanza

SUFFOLK sporting bosses are rubbing their hands in anticipation today after 11 of the county's sporting venues were chosen as Olympic training venues.It is hoped the announcement will herald an injection of cash into Suffolk which could make a real difference to sport in the county.

SUFFOLK sporting bosses are rubbing their hands in anticipation today after 11 of the county's sporting venues were chosen as Olympic training venues.

It is hoped the announcement will herald an injection of cash into Suffolk which could make a real difference to sport in the county.

As revealed in yesterday's Evening Star, the Ipswich Gymnastics Centre is set to play host to top teams in the run-up to the games,

It has now also emerged that 10 other sites in the county have joined it on the list.


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Alton Water Sports Centre in Stutton, Bentwaters Park near Woodbridge, Culford School and West Suffolk Athletics Arena in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford Forest, Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club, Ipswich Town Football Club, Northgate Sports Centre in Ipswich, Otley College and Waveney Gymnastics Centre in Lowestoft have all been included in an official London 2012 pre-games training camp guide.

More than 600 facilities will appear in the guide which will be published at the Beijing Games and circulated to all national Olympic and Paralympic committees.

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These organisations will then decide where they base themselves or where to send individual athletes to prepare and acclimatise for London 2012.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for economic and cultural development, said: “We are delighted that a number of Suffolk facilities have been selected for inclusion in the official preparation camp guide.

“The competition was extremely fierce and it's fantastic news that Suffolk will be represented in the guide.

“It gives us a real boost in our campaign to ensure Suffolk benefits from the London 2012 Games.”

The team behind Suffolk's involvement in the Games hopes the county could benefit by more than £66million as a result of the prestigious competition.

How would you like Ipswich and Suffolk to get involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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