Olympic role for Bicton Arena

PUBLISHED: 09:02 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010

BICTON Arena and college have been picked as an equestrian Olympic training centre for competitors taking part in the London 2012 Olympics.

BICTON Arena and college have been picked as an equestrian Olympic training centre for competitors taking part in the London 2012 Olympics.They are to be included in a pre-games training camp guide to be published at the Beijing Olympics and circulated to all National Olympic Committees.The successful bid was a joint effort by Bicton College and the landowner Clinton Devon Estates. Estate spokesman John Wilding said: "We believe we put forward a strong case for Bicton Arena which has so much to offer as a training venue, including equestrian facilities sited in more than 60 acres of parkland, yet only a few miles from a motorway.Bicton College spokesman Simon Spiller added: "We offer world class equestrian facilities and we're confident our location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and accessibility from the M5 will be very attractive to overseas teams." Bicton Arena's main site has five show rings and a newly-constructed all-weather practise ring.The college will offer accommodation, stabling and a horse walker.

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