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Pre-games training camp for London 2012

The University of Kent is delighted to have been selected as one of the Pre-Games Training Camps for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The University's superb facilities, relaxed atmosphere and excellent road and rail links into London and other venues outside of the capital makes it the perfect camp for any team to stay at during their time in the UK.

Sports facilities on campus include two multi-purpose sports halls, fully air-conditioned gymnasium and cardiovascular theatre, dance studio, squash courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, floodlit football pitch, floodlit hockey pitch, playing field, spectator seating and changing rooms/showers. Flexible access to all facilities is available to athletes and will be supported by a professional team of sports staff.

The University of Kent is confident that it can meet the high standards demanded from a visiting team in all the sports for which it has been selected and is very proud of its commitment toward supplying first-class support by its sports-minded team - making it an ideal place for athletes and team staff to live and train in the run up to London 2012.

Olympic sports

The University of Kent has been selected to provide the following pre-games training facilities for the London 2012 Olympics:

Archery

Facility specifications

  • Training area length: 200m
  • Training area width: 200m
  • Number of targets on site: 6

 

Badminton

Facility specifications

  • Double playing areas 13.4m x 6.10m: 12
  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Single playing areas 13.4m x 5.18m: 12
  • Total number of playing areas: 12
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Basketball

Facility specifications

  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Number of courts 28m x 15m: 3
  • Timing device
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Fencing

Facility specifications

  • Pistes
  • Number of pistes 14m x (1.5m-1.8m): 6
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Gymnastics - Rhythmic

Facility specifications

  • Rhythmic hall
  • Clear height: 9m
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Rhythmic hall area: 1300m²
  • Temperature controlled environment: yes

 

Modern Pentathlon

Facility specifications

  • Access to Equestrian facilities
  • Cross Country running course
  • Number of Fencing pistes: 6

 

Table Tennis

Facility specifications

  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Number of 14m x 7m play areas:15
  • Number of ITTF approved tables: 12
  • Play surface area 1: 1300m²
  • Play surface area 2: 550m²
  • Play surface area 3: 240m²
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Volleyball - Beach

Facility specifications

  • Floodlights for beach volleyball
  • Number of 28m x 14m beach volleyball courts: 2

 

Volleyball - Indoor

Facility specifications

  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Number of 34m x 19m volleyball courts: 3
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Weightlifting

Facility specifications

  • Number of platforms: 3

 

 

Paralympic sports

The University of Kent has been selected to provide the following pre-games training facilities for the London 2012 Paralympics:

5-a-side Football

Facility specifications

  • 5-a-side 3m x 2m goals
  • Number of 5-a-sde 38m x 20m outdoor grass playing areas: 20

 

7-a-side Football

Facility specifications

  • 7-a-side 5m x 2m goals
  • Number of 7-a-sde 75m x 55m outdoor grass playing areas: 9

 

Boccia

Facility specifications

  • Number of 12.5m x 6m courts: 4

 

Goalball

Facility specifications

  • Can create silent conditions
  • Goalposts 9m x 1.3m
  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Paralympic Archery

Facility specifications

  • Training area length: 200m
  • Training area width: 200m
  • Number of targets on site: 6

 

Paralympic
Power lifting

Facility specifications

  • Concrete flooring
  • Dedicated power lifting bars, weights and benches approved by BAWLA
  • Number of platforms: 3
  • Training area: 200m²
  • Weigh in room

 

Paralympic Table Tennis

Facility specifications

  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Number of 14m x 7m play areas: 15
  • Number of ITTF approved tables: 12
  • Play surface area 1: 1300m²
  • Play surface area 2: 550m²
  • Play surface area 3: 240m²
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Paralympic Volleyball (sitting)

Facility specifications

  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Number of 10m x 6m sitting volleyball courts: 12
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Wheelchair Basketball

Facility specifications

  • Line markings: painted lines
  • Maximum lighting level: 1000lux
  • Number of courts 28m x 15m: 3
  • Timing device
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Wheelchair Fencing

Facility specifications

  • Pistes
  • Number of pistes 4m x 2m: 6
  • Wheelchair frames
  • Number of wheelchair frames: 1
  • Wooden sprung floor

 

Wheelchair Rugby

Facility specifications

  • Number of 34m x 21m playing areas: 2

 

 

Accommodation

The University of Kent has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and can accommodate over 4,000 sportsmen and women, in high-quality housing that is all on campus. All accommodation is fully-equipped with modern appliances, kitchen and bathrooms and an internet connection in every room.

The campus has a sports village feel with a superb library containing over 1.3m books and internet access. There is also find a theatre, cinema, nightclub, cafés, restaurants and bars, shops, medical centre, a chapel and launderettes all on campus.

Single with en suite 1785
Single with en suite (Accessible) 14
Single en suite (Adapted) 14
Single with shared bathroom 2386
Total number of rooms 4199

Transport

Canterbury has great transport links to London; Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and is less than two hours from Paris by Eurostar. A new high-speed rail link from Kent to London is planned to open in 2009, and athletes will be able to travel into London in under 40 minutes.

Distance from London 87 km - 1hour travel time
Nearest Airport Gatwick Airport London - 109 km
Nearest Train Station Canterbury East - 3 km
Nearest Port Dover - 34 km
Nearest Hospital Kent & Canterbury Hospital - 3 km

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How to book

For any enquiries or to make a booking please contact:

Graham Holmes
Director of Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation
Sports Centre, University of Kent,
Canterbury, Kent
CT2 7NL
UK

Tel. +44 (0) 1227 827313
Fax +44 (0) 1227 827313