WEST Buckland School is celebrating the exciting news that it has been chosen as a pre-games training camp for fencers taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The school is one of only 600 sports facilities from across the UK selected to help a

WEST Buckland School is celebrating the exciting news that it has been chosen as a pre-games training camp for fencers taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games.The school is one of only 600 sports facilities from across the UK selected to help athletes train, prepare and acclimatise in their sport prior to the games. It is one of 16 facilities chosen in Devon - and the only one selected in North Devon.Headmaster John Vick told the Gazette: "West Buckland School has some of the finest sports facilities in the South West. It would be a privilege for us and terrific for North Devon for them to be used by an Olympic team in 2012. With the opening of the 'Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre' in our 150th year, the timing of this recognition is perfect."Facilities were selected according to specific criteria and will appear in a guide to be published at the Beijing 2008 Games this summer. National Olympic Committees will be able to decide where to base themselves or where to send individual athletes to prepare. The London 2012 Organising Committee is offering Olympic committees up to £25,000 to encourage teams to base themselves in the UK. Its chairman, Lord Sebastian Coe, said: "We said we wanted the London Games to be for athletes and the facilities listed in this guide will really help overseas athletes prepare well. It also provides a great opportunity for towns throughout the UK to get involved in our plans.