City closer to securing USA team

By on 20/07/2009 in News

USA Track and Field have moved a step closer to making Birmingham their base for the 2012 Olympic Games, with confirmation today that a draft contract is now being drawn-up.

And a report to Birmingham City Council cabinet on July 27 proposes to organise an official signing of the contract in the near future.

Council leader Mike Whitby, said: “This is an exciting development and a major step forward in our efforts to bring USA Track and Field to Birmingham and follows a lot of hard work on both sides.

“Attracting such a high profile team to the city for 2012 will be a major coup, underlining just why Birmingham is perfectly placed to stage training camps, given our ideal location, excellent sports facilities and experience in looking after the world’s best athletes following our successful staging of a huge number of major sporting championships.”

Thanks to that reputation for hosting European and World track and field events, strong links were already established with the USA Track and Field team.

Those links were further cemented with a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2008 for the team to be based in Birmingham ahead of the 2012 games.

Talks continued following last year's Beijing Games as USA Track and Field reviewed their training camp requirements.

Now, based on the original Memorandum of Understanding, the draft contract covers the following areas.

  • Camp facilities
  • Accommodation
  • IT and technical support
  • Transportation
  • Security
  • Marketing and media
  • Social programme
  • Community and development programme
  • Friends and family

Funding for the likes of transportation and security has been identified within the council's major events budget and improvements will be made to the Alexander Stadium facilities to ensure a lasting legacy.

ENDS

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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