THE greatest sporting event on the planet will grace Milton Keynes in more ways than one next year as venues across the city have been selected as training camps for the Olympic Games.
Stadium:mk, Tattenhoe Pavillion, Woughton-on-the-Green and the MK Centre for Cycling Excellence are among the 23 venues across Buckinghamshire picked out by the London 2012 Organising Committee to host international sporting stars.
Football teams could make use of stadium:mk, while hockey teams will use brand new pitches at Woughton and Tattenhoe. Basketball teams will also be accommodated if arena:mk is completed.
Anita Hop, chairman of Milton Keynes Hockey Club, was delighted that their home base will be part of the 2012 Games, and hopes that it will encourage more people to join the club.
“It will do wonders for the profile of Milton Keynes and for the game of hockey here,” she said. “And it’s a huge boost for the men and women at Woughton who have made it into such a brilliant facility.
“We hope it will encourage people back into the game of hockey and having the biggest stars coming here will do us no harm in recruiting people. And it doesn’t even matter which teams we get – just being involved will be incredible.”
Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said that he’s working hard to make sure the arena is completed in time for basketball teams to use it ahead of the Games.
“We need all the deals to fall into place to make sure we get the arena ready for the teams coming for the Olympics,” he said. “We’ll make sure we have the best facilities in place.”