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News - 3 March 2008

Brighton’s Yellowave chosen for potential Olympic training camp

The beach sports centre in Madeira Drive, Brighton has been included within London 2012's Pre-Games Training Camp Guide as an approved venue for beach volleyball training camps.

In the weeks and months leading up to the Games, teams from around the world will be training and preparing for the competitions. While some teams will train in their home countries, others will use facilities in the UK for pre-games training camps.

Yellowave director Katie Mintram said “What a boost for us, the city and beach volleyball. Since we opened a year ago local people have taken to the sport in large numbers. The evening leagues have even kept going throughout the winter. Now there is a chance that they will be playing alongside the world’s best. ”

The Yellowave beach sports centre opened in March 2007 and offers 6 permanent sand courts that are floodlit. There are also changing facilities and a café offering healthy food. It is the first permanent beach sports centre in the UK and is staging both the National beach volleyball finals and the World under 21 beach volleyball championships from 30 August to 7 September this year.

All approved venues will now be listed in the ‘Pre-Games Training Camp Guide’, which will be available from August to aid national Olympic committees to identify suitable facilities and sites for their training camps.

A London 2012 Steering Group carried out the assessment, which included the British Olympic Association and other UK sporting bodies.

Councillor David Smith, chairman of Brighton & Hove's culture, recreation & tourism committee, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as an approved venue for a London 2012 training camp. It is great news for the city and we look forward to the prospect of welcoming top players to Brighton & Hove.

"The camp will help to showcase the city and all that is has to offer, and give local residents a chance to share in the build up to the Olympics and see national teams in action on their doorstep."

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