By Nick Butler

team bath modern pentathletesJuly 24 - Pentathlon GB and the University of Bath are strengthening further their already close relationship with the announcement that some of Britain's top modern pentathletes will help promote the university to potential future students.

The new agreement will see pentathletes involved with promoting the University at its open days and when they are competing internationally.

The University's distinctive logo will also be featured on their training and competition kit, and at events run for schools and clubs by Pentathlon GB to encourage participation in the sport.

Pentathlon GB first set up its high performance center in Bath in 1999 and moved to its current state-of-the-art facility at the University's Sports Training Village in 2004.

State of the art facilities at the university of Bath gym 2State of the art facilities at the University of Bath used by British Pentathletes

Since then British pentathletes have won five Olympic medals and two individual World Championship titles, a list that includes Samantha Murray, who combined training for an Olympic silver medal in London last summer with studies at Bath.

Murray graduated in July 2013 with a BA in French and Politics, while reigning world champion Mhairi Spence has a BSc in Coach Education and Sports Development.

At Bath they are able to swim, run, shoot and fence at one compact training venue featuring some of the country's top facilities, which also includes a performance gym and one of the English Institute Sport's world-class support centres, providing physiotherapy, massage, strength and conditioning and nutritional expertise.

Samantha Murray on Olympic podiumSamantha Murray [left] after winning a silver medal in London at the 2012 Olympic Games

Tim Kaner, the University's director of marketing and communications, was pleased with the extension to the existing relationship:

"We are delighted to be able to form an even closer partnership with modern pentathlon," he said.

"To succeed in such a demanding sport requires levels of all-round talent and dedication which match well with the qualities we encourage in all of our students at Bath.

"We are sure that our outstanding facilities on campus will continue to support the achievements of the national squad and enable the next generation of pentathletes to match the success of their predecessors."

His excitement was echoed by Pentathlon GB's chief executive Jon Austin, who said: "We're delighted to build on our existing relationship with the University of Bath.

"Both parties have benefited from our past successes and this latest agreement further cements that partnership."

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