2012 Olympics promotion man in Beijing

PUBLISHED: 11:54 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

Hertfordshire s Olympic manager has travelled to Beijing to encourage teams to train in the county ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. John Fuller, who will be cheering on British athletes and making new contacts during the nine-day trip, said: I am mo

Hertfordshire's Olympic manager has travelled to Beijing to encourage teams to train in the county ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

John Fuller, who will be cheering on British athletes and making new contacts during the nine-day trip, said: "I am most looking forward to seeing our athletes competing but I am making the trip for a number of reasons - I have never been to an Olympics so I want to get a real sense of what an Olympics is like and see the facilities and understand how it works in a different culture.

"I also want to extend my network and speak to team mangers to encourage them to come to the county to train."

There are already 16 camps in Hertfordshire approved for training camps including one at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre and one at Stevenage Borough Football Academy.

He continued: "I want the 2012 Olympic Games to run as smoothly as possible.

"I want to come back and bring back my experiences and get the partnership geared up.

"There will be massive benefits and business opportunities in and around Stevenage and in this hard economic time they shouldn't be ignored.

"It will raise the profile for young athletes too. Hertfordshire is a gateway into London and we have an ambition to take 2,012 young people to the 2012 Olympics for a life-changing experience and we hope it will encourage volunteering also.

"Hopefully many people will remember the London 2012 Olympics fondly. It will be a life-time opportunity."

Mr Fuller will also be helping to co-ordinate the activities in Stevenage on August 24 when Stevenage Borough Council raise the Olympic flag to mark the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the handing over of the flag to London in preparation for the 2012 Games.

Mr Fuller's blog about his experiences in Beijing will be posted on www.thecomet24.co.uk

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