Led by Bradford College, the City of Bradford is delighted to announce the signing of a Memoranda of Understanding with the National Olympic Committees of Vietnam and Tanzania to host their Pre Games Training Camps next July.
In partnership with the University of Bradford, Bradford Council, Bradford Community Sports Network and the Yorkshire Gold Team, the College is delighted with the 2012 developments that have taken place in the last few weeks and our City’s contribution to 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games activities.
Bradford College Principal, Michele Sutton, OBE comments: “International Student recruitment and partnership projects of the College and University generate around £40 m annually into the local economy. This promotes the UK as a world leader in Further and Higher Education, crucial to long-term economic growth and international investment for the City and Region.”
“The 2012 Training Camps have given us a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our links with international partners. We have been working with the Vietnamese Government and partner Colleges on developing their vocational training programmes. I’ll be delighted to meet with Vietnam NOC Secretary- General Professor Hoang Vinh Giang in Hanoi in October to sign the official PGTC contract. This will assist the City, establishing a long-term partnership with a country which has a developing economy and skills needs.”
"Tanzanian Olympic Committee Secretary General, Filbert Bayi, visited the City last year and was delighted with our existing and planned facilities. This is high praise from a world famous Olympian. We are also in negotiations with other Olympic Committees and estimate the PGTC programme could bring up to an additional £200,000 to international income for Bradford next summer.”
"Just as important for the College and University is the curriculum opportunities 2012 PGTC gives our students. The University’s outstanding new Physiotherapy facilities will be the perfect setting for their Physiotherapy students to assist Olympians with their final preparations. College Sports, Catering, Diet & Nutrition, Tourism and Arts students will all play their part in ensuring these world-class athletes feel part of the City, giving them a true Bradford welcome and first class support. The College and the University will continue to promote the City on a world stage, developing business links across the globe.”
University of Bradford, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary adds: “The University and College are working closely with Council on these fantastic developments. Our new Physiotherapy facilities are of premier quality to support true Olympians – roll on next July!”
Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, Councillor Ghazanfer Khaliq adds: “Many of our schools are active members of the 2012 Get Set and Inspire Mark programmes, using the Games to bring an international dimension to the Primary and Secondary School curriculum activities. It will be fantastic to get the best athletes in the world to be role models to our next generations and inspire sports participation. The City’s newly approved Sport and Physical Activity Strategy places emphasis on supporting the Region’s World Class Events programme over the next 5 years and developing the City’s talented sports performers to the highest level. Our local Clubs in the Community Sports Network do a great job in this respect. Through our own Bradford Gold programme, we intend to make 2012 a truly historic and memorable year in Bradford’s sporting landscape.’’
Gary Verity, Chair of Yorkshire Gold, the Olympics arm of Welcome to Yorkshire summarises: “This announcement cements Bradford’s international reputation as the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, home of the Bronte Country and proud sporting city. It is just over 4 weeks since the Chinese confirmed Leeds as their official London 2012 training base and Bradford signing up two more Olympic teams to prepare locally is testament to Yorkshire fast becoming the training destination of choice for some of the world’s top athletes.’’For further information go to www.yorkshire.com/olympics