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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Princess opens new sports village
University of Bath
The university aims to become a centre of excellence for sport
The Princess Royal has officially opened the University of Bath's new 23m Sports Training Village.

During her visit, she met coaches, staff and athletes, including Athens Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener and bronze medallist Georgina Harland.

The site, which opened in October 2003, is the first of four similar complexes in the UK built using lottery funding.

It gives members of the public the chance to use the same facilities as Olympic athletes.

It is expected that up to 700,000 people will use the complex each year, with schools visiting from as far away as Bournemouth and Taunton.

The Princess Royal toured the facility with university vice-chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell.

Professor Breakwell said: "I believe that the Sports Training Village will enable the University of Bath to develop into an international centre of excellence for sports performance and training, as well as sports education and research."

The Sports Training Village is part of the sporting activities at the university run under the TeamBath brand.

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