Hundreds of athletes from around the world will be heading to Bedford for the duration of this year’s Olympic Games.
A total of 15 teams, consisting of more than 250 athletes, will be using the town as their base for London 2012.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough has a superb sporting pedigree, excellent facilities and a vibrant sense of community, all of which helped make it a very easy decision for many teams to base themselves here.
“The summer of 2012 looks set to be an exciting time in the borough, with the Kite Festival, Diamond Jubilee celebrations, River Festival and the Olympic ‘Live Site’ at the Athletics Stadium.
“It is great news that so many athletes from around the world will also be joining us to experience this superb summer.”
The teams from around the world will start arriving in the borough from June 15.
Councillor Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into making the arrangement for 15 teams and more than 250 athletes and officials to live in Bedford Borough ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
“However, when many of them visited Bedford Borough they were immediately struck by how welcoming the people in the borough were as well as the level of facilities available.
“I hope local residents will look forward to welcoming these teams from around the world when they begin to arrive in June.”