Worcester WolvesThe University of Worcester has announced that it has purchased the former fruit and vegetable market in Hylton Road in Worcester. The University will now seek planning permission to develop a new indoor sports and multi-purpose arena and active leisurecentre on the site which will have enough space for 2000 spectators.

This will prove invaluable for the University's students and the Worcester community alike. The facility will accommodate a range of indoor sports including netball, volleyball, badminton, basketball and wheelchair basketball.

The University enjoy partnerships with many sports and one of the many beneficiaries of the new arena will be the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club which has developed a unique partnership with the University. A vibrant community programme encourages thousands of youngsters within the community to take part in the sport at all levels. With the introduction of increased court space, the programme has great potential to expand. The Wolves senior team which plays in the BBL currently host crowds of around 500. .The increased capacity will be significant in the club's development. Chairman Roger Clarke said, " This is really exciting news for everyone involved in the Club including players, fans and coaches. We have a clear vision of how we will develop basketball at all levels in the region. . . This development will clearly allow us to do that, it will be fantastic to host first class basketball match nights at the University's new arena"

Mick Donovan, Head of the University's Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, added: "The University's acclaimed Learning through Sport programme and many other community initiatives continue to expand and we are working in many sports to develop opportunities for participants of all ages. With the introduction of the new arena, we will be able to meet the needs of the region's sporting community whilst also providing a venue which will attract a great range of spectator events to the City. We have worked very hard to develop an innovative basketball programme which has received recognition from around the world. We can now move the programme to another level."

Source: www.bbl.org.uk

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