About the Games
Team GB Preparation Camp
The Team GB Preparation Camp officially opened at Loughborough University on Monday 18 June.
Hundreds of Team GB athletes will pass through Loughborough University for the 'Team GB Experience', which includes the official kitting out process where athletes will be supplied with their Olympic kit.
A staggering 175,000 units of kit across 23 sizes and 349 items will be handed out, with female athletes receiving 65 items of kit and male athletes receiving 59, not including their sport specific competition wear.
It is also an opportunity for the 550 athletes and 450 support staff to sign up to the five 'One Team GB' core values of Performance, Respect, Unity, Responsibility and Pride.
One of the first sports to go through the 'Team GB Experience' was rowing. Zac Purchase, Olympic Gold Medallist from 2008, was one of the first through the experience and believes it will help athletes in the final stages of preparation.
He said: "It's been an amazing experience. Coming through the kitting out process makes you realise that the Games are now really close. You certainly get a unifying feeling all going through the same kitting out together and becoming part of Team GB."
The Preparation Camp offers an opportunity to bring together the hundreds of athletes and officials into one collective unit and mentally prepare the whole of Team GB for competition at the biggest multi-sports event in the world.
Almost every day in the run up to the games, different Team GB athletes will be at Loughborough going through the kitting out process.
From Team GB, thirteen sports are basing themselves in Loughborough to undertake final preparations. These including the men’s and women’s volleyball and handball squads, weightlifters, wrestlers, fencers, taekwondo fighters, triathletes and endurance runners.
Many of the nation’s top athletes are due in Loughborough at some point prior to the Games.
A winning location
After the announcement in July 2005 that London would host the 2012 Olympic Games, Loughborough University approached several Olympic Associations to offer the university as a base and training facility prior to the Games.
The University signed agreements with the British Olympic Association and the Japanese Olympic Committee making Loughborough their preferred Olympic preparation camp.
As the UKs premier university for sport, Loughborough is home to the most comprehensive sports development programme of any university, and boasts an unparalleled record of sporting excellence.
Many past and present Olympians and Paralympians have studied and trained at Loughborough.
The University offers a wide range of facilities and programmes that are recognised world-wide, from a 50m swimming pool to international standard running tracks.
In April 2010 the British Olympic Association announced that Loughborough University would be the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB in the run-up to the London 2012 Games – an endorsement of the facilities the University could offer Team GB and international athletes.
For the latest details on Team GB and the preparation camp, visit the Team GB website.