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Ghana Olympic Team welcomed to UCP Marjon

Released: 12.07.12

The Ghanaian Olympic Team have safely arrived in Plymouth, and yesterday were welcomed to the University College Plymouth St Mark & St John, their base for their pre-Olympic training, by the Principal, Professor Margaret Noble, staff, alumni and 200 school children from local schools. The children were given a brief introduction to the Ghana team members and the children were able to ask some challenging questions which elicited some interesting answers.

UCP Marjon has worked closely with the Plymouth Ghana Link and Plymouth City Council to ensure the smooth arrival of the athletes and look forward to forging stronger links with the country following this landmark stay in our city.

Athletics coach Leonard Myles-Mills said “It’s an exciting place to be. The facilities are great. Totally took me out of my wits. I wasn’t expecting anything like that. I thought it was going to be a low key place to hide and do last minute training towards London 2012.”

We toured the facility this morning and it was an eye opener. We are definitely going to make use of it and hopefully we can brush up and strengthen ourselves in these last few days."

The Ghana team that toured UCP Marjon included the 2006 world indoor long jumper champion Ignisious Gaisah, sprinter Vida Anim and Africa’s heptathlon queen Margaret Simpson.

As well as weightlifter Alberta Ampomah and her coach Majeti Fetrie, masseur Fulera Abdul-Rahman Abu, physiotherapist Raphael Yaadar, athletics coach Leo Myles- Mills and Press Attache Erasmus Kwaw.

Stan Cinnamond, Director of Sport commented "This morning was a great experience for the children who attended the Welcome Celebration event for the Ghanaian Olympic Squad at UCP Marjon. Although they must have been very tired from their late arrival the night before, the Ghanaian squad were very entertaining and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The Ghanaians were also very complimentary about the quality of the sports facilities at UCP Marjon, facilities which they will be using on a regular basis during their stay . We are looking forward to working with the squad over the next few weeks and hope that their stay will be both enjoyable and beneficial to them."

UCP Marjon Sport is open to members of the public on both a membership and pay as you play basis. We provide activities for both adults and children at value for money prices. For further information please phone sports centre reception on 636876 or check our website

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