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UK-wide sports facilities to get cash injection for 2012

Work is set to begin on upgrading sporting facilities in the UK after London Olympic organisers produced a list of 600 potential training camps for the 2012 Games.

The list, published by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG), will be circulated to competing nations at the games at Beijing.

Many of the towns, cities and resorts that attract teams will require major work to upgrade venues, and to assist them LOCOG is making £25,000 available to each of the 202 competing nations to spend on upgrading their chosen training facilities.

South East Regional Development Agency 2012 co-ordinator Paddy Herlihy said that this £5M cash overall would mean some significant improvements would be made to existing sports facilities including sports clubs, leisure centres and facilities at universities and independent schools.

"Some venues in the south east are looking at substantial upgrades and refurbishment in time for the games, such as Medway Park leisure centre and the University of Surrey," said Herlihy, who added that army facilities in Aldershot were also due a major upgrade as it will be the training camp for Team GB. This will include relaying the athletics track and installing a new bike circuit.

Under the list that will go to Beijing, the South East has 130 venues, London 96, North West 73, East of England 65, South West 60, Yorkshire 51, West Midlands 33, Wales 31 and Scotland 28.

Meanwhile, possible training camps for the London 2012 Paralympics will be announced next month and more cash will be made available to make local infrastructure such as train platforms more accessible.

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