More on HPTC in London

This summary was copied from The Star online posted on Sunday July 16 2006 under the heading ‘Holiday spot waiting to happen’ by Rajes Paul.

http://www.thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2006/7/16/sports/14854826&sec=sports

Aerial view of the proposed site of the High Performance Training Centerein Hertfordshire, London

WHY THE HPTC IN LONDON WAS PROPOSED

  • SHORT-TERM training centre for groups of selected elite athletes;

  • STRATEGIC location – London is seen as the “gateway” to Europe – that will serve as a “forwarding base” for the national athletes;

  • THE field of coaching can be developed as there is a large pool of skilled coaches all over Europe. Cost factor will be minimised as opposed to bringing foreign coaches to Malaysia;

  • NSC spend RM2mil every year on sending athletes for overseas stints. Setting up the “sports hub” is expected to reduce the expenditure on overseas spending;

  • IT will be a home-away-from-home for the athletes;

  • LONG-TERM overseas stint under foreign expertise has brought success at the highest level for athletes like Nicol David, Ng Shu Wai, Josiah Ng, Noraseela Khalid, Ben Leong, Lim Keng Liat and Kevin Lim. Malaysia wants to give more athletes international exposure;

  • THE utilisation of existing facilities in and around the Hertfordshire area;

  • TO have joint programmes with schools, universities, sports agencies and clubs in London and Europe; and

  • THE centre is also about 20km away from the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games area.