Aldershot Army base in Hampshire has been chosen as the official training camp for the British Olympic team ahead of the 2012 Games in London. Aldershot has battled with universities in Bath and Loughborough, in Leics, to be chosen as the base for Team GB. They will be housed at the Army barracks, where traditionally new recruits are put through their paces. It is thought the site's proximity to London and secure location prevailed over the two university campus sites. Centre of excellence Aldershot entered the bidding late, but crucially had the support of the head of the British Olympic Association (BOA), Simon Clegg, who served as a major at Aldershot, and the head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt. The Army's Centre of Sporting Excellence has many of the facilities in place for the 750-strong team who will descend on Aldershot. Its new Olympic-sized 50-metre pool is already home to the British synchronised swimming team. A 400-metre running track and two indoor sports arenas mean it is flexible enough to host training for many of the Olympic disciplines. The defeated universities describe themselves as having world-beating sporting facilities. Together, they say they have received recent investment for sports training worth some £70m. Revitalised fortunes Ties between the armed forces and the BOA have been strong in the past. Mr Clegg served as a major at Aldershot and 2004 double-Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes was a physical trainer in the adjutant general's corps. The Army first set up a permanent camp in Aldershot in 1854, and the population boomed so much that the town became known as the home of the British army. It hosted a military tattoo for Queen Victoria in 1894 that continues to this day as an annual army show. Aldershot is currently receiving £12bn as part of a huge regeneration project and last month was named one of UK's most popular places to live. Has it changed then????