Olympic swimming hopes for one of UK's sporting Jewels

Lord Coe, visited Birmingham on 9th December to open the new £7.5 million Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre at Alexander Stadium, revealing Birmingham as “one of the jewels in the crown” in the sporting world; Seb Coe hails Birmingham as a sporting jewel.

“Birmingham is one of the jewels in the crown in terms of sport,” he said. “Something like 90 per cent of championships that have come to Britain in the last decade or so, have come to Birmingham or the West Midlands so this is an area that really does understand the impact of sport.”

Coun Ray Hassall, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said Birmingham was “spreading the word” around the globe about its seven world-class venues which are: GMAC, the High Performance Centre also on the site of the Alexander Stadium, the NIA, NEC, the Munro Centre at Birmingham University and the Priory in Edgbaston.

The new Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre has achieved the coup of signing a memorandum of understanding with the British Gymnastics body adding to the memorandum signed with the United States track and field team as a base for the 2012 Olympics in London. Birmingham is working on encouraging other countries to use Birmingham as a base for the 2012 Olympics and it's aims for an Olympic standard swimming pool to attract other teams was well known.

On the 9th November I commented on Newcastle Borough Council's decision to abandon it's plan for an Olympic sized pool leaving only Coventry in the region with an Olympic sized pool; One hope left for regional olympic size swimming pool. Birmingham City Council has now revealed it's plans for the much trumpeted Olympic sized pool which will attract Olympic teams training for the 2012 London Olympics and which could also support plans to host a future Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The BBC and Birmingham Post reported on the plans which will go before Birmingham City Council's Cabinet on Monday 15th December; Olympic pool site chosen in city, Birmingham's Olympic swimming pool plans.

The plans reveal that the council intends to build the 50m pool in a new complex including a major leisure water facility, indoor dry sport facilities and climbing wall and dance studio. The earmarked site would be next to the National Indoor Arena on a site off St Vincent Street between Nelson Primary School and the NIA and would be part of a larger network of new facilities across the city.


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