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Judo 'centre of excellence' opens

A full-time judo centre to train players to compete in the London 2012 Olympics is being opened in Kent.

The official opening of British Judo's training centre in Dartford follows a multi-million pound construction project in the town.

British Judo said the "centre of excellence" would bring elite players, coaches, sports scientists and medics under one roof for the first time.

The performance centre was built at a cost of £5m.

It was constructed as an extension to the town's existing dojo - a £4.5m Olympic standard centre for the martial art.

Dartford council backed the scheme and provided the land at a cost of £1.5m.

Facilities in institute include space for coaching and sports science, a high performance gym and rehab area, a performance analysis suite, medical treatment rooms and offices.

Athletes will also be able to stay there on a residential basis and use the venue for day training and squad training camps.


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