The first athletes to use the ParalympicsGB set-up at Bath will be young 'hopefuls' in late 2009, followed by larger-scale multi-sport camps in 2010 and 2011 before Bath becomes the main springboard for athletes in their final preparation weeks for 2012 and the move into the Games Village.
ParalympicsGB Chief Executive Phil Lane said: 'Research has shown that these camps are crucial to the team’s final preparation
'Athletes settle into the multi-sport environment more quickly and have the best possible support services. It means that they can go into the Games well-prepared for the challenge ahead.'
Bath won the right to hold these vital preparation camps against stiff opposition from seven different locations around the UK, all of which are included in the Pre-Games Training Camps guide. Some of these were city-based bids whilst others were university-campus set-ups.
Each site was judged on its sports facilities, ancillary sports support areas, accommodation and catering.
Bath’s world-class facilities, compact site and sports technical expertise were the deciding factors.
Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath said: 'We are proud and privileged to have been chosen to host the British team and we look forward to working with the British Paralympic Association on all fronts, including sports science research.
'We know that both the University and the City of Bath will roll out the red carpet and make our British Paralympic athletes feel at home,' she added.
'We will also strive to ensure that Bath's selection to host the British team will leave a lasting legacy for disability sport in the area.'