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London 2012: Boxing centre to open in Bradford

A £300,000 boxing centre in Bradford, which will provide a training base for international teams competing in London 2012, is due to be opened later.

Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy's facility at Trinity Green Campus will be home to elite and aspiring boxers.

Members of the Vietnamese Olympic Committee will be at Friday's opening.

College principal Michele Sutton said the opening marked a "unique period of Great British sports history".

The centre forms part of the £17m Trinity Green Sports Complex, which includes 120-bed accommodation for squads and visiting teams.

Ms Sutton said: "The facility will provide an internationally recognised boxing centre that puts itself at the centre of Olympic boxing in Britain."

The boxing academy, which opened in 2008, enables boxers to train full-time while gaining educational qualifications at the same time.

Paul Porter, boxing development officer, said: "We didn't even have a pair of gloves when I first joined the college.

"Now we've got the boxing centre we can continue and expand our work of holding training sessions and boxing events for all levels, from beginners to Olympic-level athletes."

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