Teams will be based at a number of venues across the region, including University of Lincoln, Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston and Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth.
Lincolnshire will host athletes from Egypt at a Pre-Games Training camp as they undergo their final preparations before this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Encouraging communities to get behind these teams, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, has launched Host a Nation Week, an initiative that aims to bring local communities across the UK and nations competing in this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics closer together.
Running from 16 – 22 July, and targeted at communities hosting Pre-Games Training Camps, Host a Nation Week encourages local communities, community groups, business groups and sports clubs to not only celebrate the teams and countries using their local facilities, but also forge new and strengthen existing cultural, sporting and business links with countries from across the world.
Pre-Games Training Camps are basing themselves at a number of world-class training facilities at universities, schools, local authority sports centres and centres of excellence right across the UK and will run from May right through to the start of Paralympics. The camps are designed to help visiting athletes acclimatise and fine tune their training so they are ready to produce the performance of a lifetime.
To help generate ideas and support groups who are planning to hold events, the Government Olympic Executive has produced a ‘toolkit’ which is being distributed to host communities who wish to join in the celebrations.
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson said: “Britain is throwing its doors open to the world in 2012 and ‘Host a Nation Week’ is a great way for local communities who are hosting a Pre-Games Training Camp nearby to celebrate the role they are playing in welcoming athletes, officials and spectators to our country. It can help forge strong friendships and business relationships between local communities and countries from around the world.”
Chair of the LOCOG Nations and Regions Group Sir Charles Allen said: “Local people, local sports clubs, local communities and local authorities have a major role to play in welcoming the world to the UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our warmth of welcome and hospitality.
Host a Nation Week encourages local communities’ right across the UK to get involved with the range of opportunities hosting Pre-Games Training Camps can bring and what legacy they will leave. I would encourage everyone to join in.”
Minister for Local Government and Olympic Legacy Bob Neill said: “Host a Nation Week offers all parts of the country an opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the Games. Communities can learn about new nations and cultures, forge new relations and perhaps even adopt a second Olympic team to support. Whether it is saying ‘Bula’ to the Fijian judokas in Cumbria or ‘Konichiwa’ to the Japanese swimmers in Essex, London 2012 will be an exciting time across the whole of the country for sports fan and host communities inspiring a generation to engage in wider communities.”