Nuneaton to host EU Swimming Invitational in 2012
An annual European swimming competition is to be hosted in Warwickshire next year - the first time it has been held in the UK.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Swimming Club (NBSC) successfully bid to host the EU Swimming Invitational which was first held in Paris in 2006.
The event attracts hundreds of competitors from the continent across a range of age groups.
Swimmers will compete in Nuneaton at Pingles Leisure Centre in October 2012.
The dates are yet to be confirmed but this year's tournament took place in Miskolc, Hungary, over the weekend.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council helped NBSC put together their bid pack which championed the swimming club as well as celebrating nearby attractions such as Warwick Castle and Coventry Cathedral.
Councillor Ian Lloyd said: "This is fantastic news for the borough on so many levels. Although we knew we would be up against the big boys we were confident that we could offer plenty in terms of facilities, location and the dedication of the swimming club.
"Nuneaton and Bedworth is a borough with rich heritage, high aspirations and a warm and welcoming community."
The invitational meeting is designed to celebrate European culture as well as offering the chance for rising stars to experience international competition.
Among those to feature at previous events is Scottish Commonwealth Games silver-medalist Brodie Cameron who competed at the inaugural invitational held in France.
Belgium has twice hosted the competition (Liege, 2007, and Aarschot, 2009) with swimmers also competing in Slupsk, Poland, (2008) and Neuchatel, Switzerland, (2010).