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Pentathlon GB announce local partnership with the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick joins forcesa with the West Midlands Modern Pentathlon Association (WMMPA) and the University of Warwick are delighted to announce that they have joined forces to open a Regional Training Centre for Pentathletes from the West Midlands Region.

The deal, supported by local Coventry health insurance company, Health Matters Ltd, will offer athletes from across the West Midlands the opportunity to train regularly to improve their shooting and fencing skills. In addition, to these two sports, there will also be a number of 2-day camps, concentrating on swimming and running.

Activities will be open to children who are Pentathlon GB members and for University of Warwick students. The sessions will commence in March 2011 and WMMPA believe that having a home at such a prestigious University, with superb facilities, will encourage its athletes to take a big step in fulfilling their athletic potential.

Peter Evans, WMMPA Development Manager said: “This is a huge step forward for our organisation.

“The University of Warwick is the perfect venue for an Olympic sport such as ours to enable us to grow together. Terry Monnington embraced the idea and helped make it happen. Now we have a home to nurture our potential athletes of the future – real legacy!”

Terry Monnington added: “We are very eager to make the outstanding sports’ facilities at our University, as well as our experience of working with elite athletes, available to an ever-widening sporting community.

“The WMMPA is an ideal partner. We look forward to working with their athletes and hope one day the partnership will see a member on the Olympic podium”.

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Terry Monnington is available for interviews on 02476 524639, or on 07876 217856

For more information or interview opportunities contact Luke Hamer, Assistant Press Officer, University of Warwick, on 02476 575601, or on 07824 541142. Alternatively email l.hamer@warwick.ac.uk