Brentwood to enjoy Olympic dream
PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 November 2010
BRENTWOOD is preparing to welcome sport stars from all over the world after one of the area’s schools was named as an official training venue for the London 2012 Olympics.
Brentwood School in Ingrave Road, is one of 18 nationwide training venues and a Games-time training venue for athletes competing in the Modern Pentathlon.
The recognition is great news for the borough as it stands to attract thousands of visitors to the area boosting businesses in the build up to the event.
The school will provide facilities for training for four of the five sports – epee fencing, pistol shooting, 200m freestyle swimming and 3km cross country run.
The fifth element – showjumping – will be provided elsewhere.
Lord Coe, chairman of LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) said: “These are first-rate venues that will provide excellent training facilities for athletes getting ready for the biggest sporting competition in their careers. It is important that they have high-quality training areas for their final preparations.”
Brentwood School is one of just three independent schools in the country to be selected as an official 2012 training venue.
It was chosen after an extensive review of potential venues by LOCOG because of the high international standard of sporting facilities already available on site and the ease of access from the Athletes’ Village in Stratford.
Headmaster Ian Davies said: “It is an honour for the school and the town to host the Modern Pentathlon training site for the London 2012 Games. The school has a proud sporting tradition and the use of our facilities by so many international elite athletes will provide inspiration to both our pupils and the whole community.”
The school has a sports centre, with a 25m pool, and fencing salle, which has produced international fencers, including Commonwealth gold medal winner Alex O’Connell.
Cllr Louise McKinlay, Leader of Brentwood Council, said: “It is a tremendous honour for Brentwood and the whole community that a local school has been chosen to host the Modern Pentathlon training site. We welcome all the elite athletes that will be coming to Brentwood to make their final preparations for the London 2012 games. Well done!”
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