The Nigerian Olympic team has become the latest national squad to announce it is train for next year's London Games in Surrey.

Nigerian athletes and members of the country's Olympic committee signed the training deal at Surrey Sports Park at the University of Surrey in Guildford, last Friday.

Canoeist John Alinyemi, Beijing Olympic bronze medallist in Taekwondo Chika Chukwimerije, Nigerian Olympic Committee President Sani Endanusa, and High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, were among those who attended the signing event.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for community services and the 2012 Games, said: “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to sell Surrey as the best place for Olympic teams to base themselves in the run-up to and during the Games, so I’m delighted Nigeria has decided to train its athletes here.”

She said: “I’m sure Surrey will give them a welcome they will never forget and I hope their presence will encourage even more people to take up sport.”

Pam Alexander, chairman of the South East Partnership, Nations and Regions Group member for the South East, and chief executive of South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA), said: "The South East of England will host more than 20 different Olympic and Paralympic nations to prepare for the London 2012 Games, and we are delighted to welcome Nigeria into our region.”

She said: “The facilities in Surrey are world class and we are pleased that the Nigerian National Olympic Committee will be working with the local community to raise awareness and inspire young people to participate in sport."

Two weeks ago, the Australian Olympic road cycling team announced its Olympiads would be training in the county in the build-up to the Games.

That announcement meant that during their preparations, local cyclists would be able to experience the thrill of sharing their roads with some of the world’s best riders.

The Australian cyclists and their entourage will initially train in Surrey this summer, when athletes will take part in the London - Surrey Cycle Classic test race on Sunday, August 14.

The elite race will form part of the 2012 Games preparations.

The Australian team will then return in the summer of 2012, when they will base themselves in the county to prepare for the Olympic Games.

Antigua and Barbuda, the Cayman Islands, and the Croatian Paralympic team have also plumped for Surrey as their training ground, and the county council has said it is in advanced talks with a number of other nations.

Each Olympic and Paralympic organising committee has £25,000 to spend on their training for the Games, which the county council said will benefit the local economy.