Aldershot to host GB Olympic team

#1
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????
 
#2
This is great news for all sorts of resons; not least the potential effect on Army sport. Well done to all involved.

Incidentally, Aldershot has been a great place to live for at least a decade. Any connection to this being approx the same timeframe to when the 5 Bde moved out is pure coincidence.
 
#3
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 etc etc etc



You think they will be in Buller (or any other A/shot Bks) Transit accommadation? :roll: Doubt it, SLAM for those guys!
 
#4
They are staying in Mons Barracks and funnily enough, even though they are pretty good for us, they still are not up to scratch for the team so more work has to be done to bring them up to their required standard.
Good enough for permanent accom for squaddies but not acceptable for civvies. Sounds familiar?????

However at least it is some good PR.....
 
#5
Sapper145 said:
They are staying in Mons Barracks and funnily enough, even though they are pretty good for us, they still are not up to scratch for the team so more work has to be done to bring them up to their required standard.
Good enough for permanent accom for squaddies but not acceptable for civvies. Sounds familiar?????

However at least it is some good PR.....
Whats the betting the team will get its own UIN and get Priority 1 issues!!!
Call me cycical but you just know the whole funding for the Olympics will go way over budget and you can see it now, obscene amounts of money being spent on housing/looking after the team in Aldershot, with what soldiers that are not on Ops, bussing them around and doing other mong jobs!
 
#7
I'm pleasantly surprised to see the 'Shot winning ahead of Lougbourough & Bath Uni's, it should do the town's less than salubrious reputation some good.

However, lets hope that it is also of long term benefit for the Army and that:

a) Any special construction for the team is paid for by the Olympic budget and NOT the Army's.
b) Any military land and facilities used are returned to the Army after the Olympics has finished.
c) The Army is not inconvenienced by this through disruption to training or operations.
 
#8
I'm assuming the 400m track they are on about isn't the old clay one that looks like a big puddle at the mo?

Also does this mean that Units will have to compete with the team to gain access to the facilities for our own training?

Jimima
 
#9
jack-daniels said:
On the plus side, I can rent out my spare bedroom to any of the beach volleyball ladies team and they can even share my bed if they want!
What, even the Bulgarian "ladies" 8O
 
#10
Jimima_Shark said:
I'm assuming the 400m track they are on about isn't the old clay one that looks like a big puddle at the mo?

Also does this mean that Units will have to compete with the team to gain access to the facilities for our own training?

Jimima
Apart from problems i mentioned before and yours, why do i get the feeling from outside Aldershot this is good PR, but guys on ground it will be a right pain in the proverbial!
 
#11
First reaction was "what great PR for the Army"

On reflection I am starting to get more and more concerned. I am sure Bath and Loughborough Universities as sporting centres of excellence were desperate to get this business because it would bring in paying customers down-stream. The Army is hardly likely to attract the elite olympians in the future (not knocking the great Dame Kelly and rest - but they are a tiny minority)

I hope there will be some transparency about how this bid was won. The shocking record on 2012 funding so far does not bode well.

I note the article waxes lyrical about the Aldershot Army Show. What a great event that was - all the way down Queen's Avenue attracting thousands of people. Scrapped a long time ago because we couldn't afford it - if I remember correctly. Can we now afford PR gestures?
 
#15
Herrumph said:
First reaction was "what great PR for the Army"

On reflection I am starting to get more and more concerned. I am sure Bath and Loughborough Universities as sporting centres of excellence were desperate to get this business because it would bring in paying customers down-stream. The Army is hardly likely to attract the elite olympians in the future (not knocking the great Dame Kelly and rest - but they are a tiny minority)

I hope there will be some transparency about how this bid was won. The shocking record on 2012 funding so far does not bode well.

I note the article waxes lyrical about the Aldershot Army Show. What a great event that was - all the way down Queen's Avenue attracting thousands of people. Scrapped a long time ago because we couldn't afford it - if I remember correctly. Can we now afford PR gestures?
They do have an Army show of sorts now, not on the grand scale that it used to be when in Rushmoor Arena but the new one attracts about 20,000 plus.
 
#16
As an aside has anyone else heard the rumour about the Garrison Gym becoming a members only gymnasium (including serving personnel) except for official Unit organised PT?

Jimima
 
#17
Of course I wait with baited breath to see how the organisers will react when HMG gives them the bill for the team. The fact that they will be charged has hopefully registered with the England team, and I hope that there won't be a rush of "scrooge MOD" stories once the bill is presented.

I've got mixed feelings about this - on the one hand it makes security easier and is good PR for the Army - but has the potential to backfire spectacularly.
 
#18
Im not so sure about this, I can see the gym being permanently inaccessable to most of the serving types around here. Seems like Aspire has whored out our facilities without thinking of the consequences.

Jimima, i hope that isnt the case, i dont really feel like paying £22 a month to use a Military gym, i know that is a lot less than civvys pay in a normal gym but thats one of the bonuses of serving .......free, decent gyms.
 
#19
tramp_on_chips said:
Im not so sure about this, I can see the gym being permanently inaccessable to most of the serving types around here. Seems like Aspire has whored out our facilities without thinking of the consequences.

Jimima, i hope that isnt the case, i dont really feel like paying £22 a month to use a Military gym, i know that is a lot less than civvys pay in a normal gym but thats one of the bonuses of serving .......free, decent gyms.
Just to put all you cynical types onto the right planet. Having worked at the Garrison Sports Centre for over 5 years & working very closely with the contactors & especially the people who presented the bid. I can say it is not costing the MoD anything, Aspire will now bring forward the new accommodation build programme for the garrison. The upgrade to the sporting facilities, will again be met by Aspire. The equipment that the GB team use, will be dontated to the garrison post Olympics, this also includes the TV's that will be put in the accommodation for the atheletes. There is much much more. As for the access to the sports centre that will not change. There has always been a small one off admin charge for individuals to use the fitness suite. The £22 pound mentioned is for dependents & members for a personnel assement before using the fitness suite, there after it is free. What you may not be aware, is that it was written into the contract many years ago that any spare capacity could be hired out to civillian organisations. Money is put back into the gainshare fund, which used to be only for the garrison, but know it is split between other garrisons, that was opposed by the garrison team, but they lost. Remember, that the centre & the other facilities see very little military use during the normal working hours, normally first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Which is typical of any units fitness programme. Also these facillities cost a fortune to maintain & run, especially the pool. Those that are based in Aldershot will bennefit hugely from this, so please before you knock it, get the info straight as it could have a severe adverse affect on this. And no I 'am not a civvy working for them but a serving soldier, who to was once very cynical about this contract :D
 
#20
Watch most of Aldershot garrison, because it is relatively close to the Capitol become [after a suitable review] soon after the Olympics suplus to army requirements and turned into up market whatever.
[Just think of all the historical [and generally in wealthy places] assets..... think Eastney Bks/HMS Vernon/BKs close to Central London etc., that have been got rid of. I believe this will happen even if this shower of sh1te are no longer in power.
If I'm still alive then and Arrse site is still hopefully running then I will regretfully post...... "Told you so"
 

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