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London 2012: Long beds brought in for Jamaica squad

Staff at the University of Birmingham have bought extra-long beds ahead of a Jamaican Olympic camp in July.

The island's track and field squad will be based at the university's campus in the run-up to the London 2012 Games.

Zena Wooldridge, head of sport at the university, said the six foot six beds (1.98m) were necessary because of the height of several athletes.

She added the beds were designed to protect them from injury.

Pupils at Birmingham's Holyhead School have been filming preparations at the university as part of BBC School Report.

Ms Wooldridge told the pupils that the university was trying to make sure everything was in place ahead of the camp, from accommodation to food and facilities.

Some of the university's students will also help members of the squad get used to the city.

Tim Smith, vice president for sports at the university, said: "I'll be part of a team of volunteers helping the Jamaica team, not just around the track, but also back at the accommodation.

"We want to make sure their stay with us is comfortable and they're as prepared as they possibly can be for the Olympic Games.

"We're proud the Jamaicans chose us and they're using our track, our campus, in our city."

Birmingham will also host the US Olympic team, which will be based at Birchfield Harriers' Alexander Stadium.

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