Posted by: Sunita Gill12 AUG 2012
I was always intrigued to know how the polyclinic at TheEton Dorney site compared with that of the Stratford Village. This week I wasgiven the opportunity to visit the Pharmacy based in the Athletes Village inStratford and it surpassed my high expectations!
As I entered the village I was blown away by the enormity ofthe site. But it’s not until you explore the bright and colourful paths,sprawled with modern seating areas that you fully appreciate why it was soaptly named a Village. The main approach in the Village is lined withflagpoles, giving it a cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere. There are 11 towerblocks housing over 16 thousand athletes and officials. The Village also boastsa ‘Village Plaza’ where the athletes can socialise with friends and family. Theflats provide inspirational views over the site.
I was lucky enough to watch a ‘Team Welcome Ceremony’; theseusually take place before the Opening Ceremony of the Games. It lasted abouttwenty five minutes and is a formal welcome to the athletes. The ceremonyinvolves raising the countries home flag and playing their national anthem,which for some countries might be the only time they hear it. In addition tothis The National Youth Theatre staged and performed the Team Welcome Ceremony.I’ve never seen anything like this before and was amazed at how interactive itwas. It featured fantastic vocals, superb costumes and synchronised choreography. This wonderful display was conducted with TheTruce Wall as a backdrop. The Olympic Truce Wall was first introduced at the2000 Sydney Games to promote peace through sport. Athletes and officials areinvited to sign the wall to symbolise their support. The wall features imagesand statements from St John’s Roman Catholic Comprehensive School in Gravesend,Kent.
There are also restaurants, leisure areas and a state of theart Polyclinic on site. The polyclinic is an impressive building housing apharmacy, Optician, Dentist, Physiotherapy Nurses, Sports Massage, SportsDoctors and Radiologists. The light floods in from the numerous glass windowsmaking the pharmacy as well as the Polyclinic bright and airy. Whilst I wasthere it was getting increasingly busy and had six pharmacists on duty pershift!
Before I left, I turned around to have one last look at thisstunning site. The Village never ceases to overwhelm.
A world class venue with state of the art facilities. Whatmore could any athlete want?