Aberdeen confirmed to host Cameroonian Olympic team

A joint bid by Aberdeen’s top sporting facilities to host the Cameroonian Olympic team prior to the London 2012 Games has been successful.

Cameroon Jan 2012Following a recent visit by the Chef de Mission of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon, Mr David Ojong, it has been announced that 60 Cameroonian athletes and staff across 11 sports will come to the city for their Pre-Games Training Camp between 2 and 16 July 2012.

The Cameroonian team will be based at RGU: SPORT and Aberdeen Sports Village - which is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland.

The two facilities launched their bid in August 2011. It was carried out in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, sportscotland and the Aberdeen Convention Bureau who supported in the following ways:

  • The City Council has played a vital role in applying and securing funding for the bid and provided a representative for the specially-formed Pre-Games Training Camp (PGTC) committee. Moving forward, it will take the lead in coordinating a schools and community programme, and is helping the venues build links with their local partners in specific sports.
  • sportscotland initiated contact between the venues and Cameroon and were the main link to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) throughout the bidding process. They are now assisting with: the detailed planning of the camp; sourcing appropriate training partners; and ensuring that the committee can provide equipment for the athletes that meet the standard of that in the Olympic venues.
  • The Aberdeen Convention Bureau arranged a tour of the city for Mr Ojong during his visit to learn about the history of the Aberdeen.

Today’s announcement follows Mr Ojong’s visit to Aberdeen  on Tuesday 8 November when he met with officials to discuss details of the proposed Camp including training facilities, transport, accommodation and community involvement. Upon completion of his tour, he commented that he was very impressed with the standard of facilities available at the venues and was optimistic that he would be able to solidify an agreement.

Aberdeen City Council's chief executive Valerie Watts said: "By working in partnership we have successfully secured funding for this bid and as the country prepares for the Olympic and Paralympic Games our schools and community programme will encourage the whole community to access sporting opportunities which will hopefully encourage a life-long interest in sport and the benefits it brings.  It also helps bring the excitement and thrill of London 2012 closer to home."

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison added: “Securing pre-Games Training Camps not only gives Scotland the opportunity to showcase our facilities but also allows us to promote our nation and its people as a place to visit and do business for both London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and beyond.

 “I am delighted that the world class sports facilities in Aberdeen will be playing host to the Cameroon team and I look forward to welcoming them to the north of Scotland. I hope this encourages other teams to look to Scotland as a training base not just for London 2012 but also for the Commonwealth Games, ensuring all of the country will feel the benefits and be part of the excitement associated with both sets of Games.”

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The following representatives are available for comment on Thursday 19 January 2012:

  • Scottish Government: Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport
  • Aberdeen City Council: Valerie Watts, Aberdeen City Council's Chief Executive
  • Aberdeen Sports Village: David Beattie, Aberdeen Sports Village Chief Executive
  • RGU: SPORT: Filippo Antoniazzi, RGU: SPORT Director of Sports
  • sportscotland: Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland

For all media enquiries, please contact Andrew Youngson, Communications Office, Robert Gordon University, 01224 262389 / High resolution images are available on request.

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(From left) Filippo Antoniazzi, Mr David Ojong and David Beattie within the Indoor Athletics Area at Aberdeen Sports Village.

Notes to editors

  • Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sporting facility in the North East. The facility is a joint venture of the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland and was officially opened in 2009. It offers an array of first-class facilities and opportunities to sport and exercise enthusiasts and athletes from the local and wider area and comprises of a multi-use sports hall, two large studios, an indoor 3G football pitch, 4 squash courts, a state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor IAAF approved athletics areas, an outdoor football pitch, a dedicated seminar room, and a café.
  • RGU: SPORT is Robert Gordon University’s £11 million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the region and to act as a social hub for the university’s Garthdee campus.