UWE in Bristol-Kenya Partnership

Issue date: 02 November 2010

The University of the West of England will be accommodating the Kenyan Olympic Team during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as providing training facilities for the team. A delegation from Kenya including former Olympic medallist Dr Kip (Kipchoge) Keino, who is chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Committee, members of the current Kenyan Olympic team, and the Kenyan Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr Paul Otuoma, visited UWE on 1 November to finalise the plan for the team.

An agreement has been signed by Dr Keino and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, confirming a partnership between the Republic of Kenya and the City of Bristol.

Partnership activities have been agreed including educational, sporting and cultural collaboration, leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, when the Kenyan team will use Bristol as a Pre-Games Training Camp.

Leading up to the London 2012 games, and as a legacy after the games, there will be a range of activities linking Bristol and Kenya. The aims of the partnership include:

•Engaging with Bristol schools in partnership with institutions in Kenya, as well as looking for similar arrangements in Further and Higher Education.
•Twinning of Bristol and Kenyan schools
•Supporting sports development activities in various sports
•Assisting Kenyan teams in their efforts to qualify for the Olympic Games
•Supporting sporting and educational exchanges; developing links in Further and Higher Education.
•Establishing a cultural programme
•Exploring commercial and business opportunities

Kim Chang, Sports Business Fellow (Research Business & Innovation) at UWE said “UWE is delighted to announce that the Kenyan Olympic Team will be using Frenchay Campus as their central base while training within Bristol. We will be working closely with the Bristol-Kenya Partnership to ensure we build business, community, sporting and cultural legacies to benefit both nations.”

UWE will accommodate the Kenyan Olympic Team as well as provide other sporting activities for the team. Filton College will be the main sporting facility used, particularly for athletics, and other facilities that may be used will be at the University of Bristol.

UWE Vice-Chancellor Steve West said, “It is a great honour to welcome the Kenyan Olympic Team and this reflects the world-class accommodation and sports facilities we have here at UWE.”


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