Athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics are gearing up for training at Edge Hill University after a successful visit to sample the sporting facilities.

Edge Hill University is one of only three universities in the north-west that has been chosen to deliver the pre games training camps for a number of Pacific Island National Olympic Committees.

Teams training at Edge Hill University include American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau.

Representatives recently visited the campus where they were shown the running track, therapy clinic, sports hall, gym, Student Hub and accommodation on site. They were suitably impressed and are now preparing for their arrival to the UK in the summer.

Dr Tony Charlton, Associate Head of Sports Development and Sports Studies at the University, said: “It was great to welcome Oceania’s National Olympic Committees’ representatives here on campus, who travelled together to England for the last time before London 2012.

“The Olympic representatives from the Pacific Islands had a great opportunity to get to know the facilities their athletes would be using in the run up to London 2012. They were also able to talk about their desired sporting successes and legacy for their nations from London 2012. It’s fantastic that we’ve been chosen as a training camp for some of the world’s talented athletes as it will be a great opportunity to get students, staff and the local community involved in the experience.”

Oceania’s Olympic Visit Official Video – London 2012 & North West Pre Games Training Camps – can be viewed here www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pu8AFiu2qU&feature=youtu.be.