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Countdown On to Worcester's European Championships

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One year from today, elite athletes from across Europe will be in Worcester for the start of the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

Today marks the beginning of the countdown to the Championships, where both the men’s and women’s tournaments will run side by side at the University of Worcester Arena.

The Championships, which will take place between August 28 and September 6 next year, will see Great Britain’s men defend the title they won in Frankfurt in 2013 (pictured), while the women will be hoping to build on their best ever World Championship campaign earlier this year, and improve on the bronze medals they took home from Germany.

Great Britain’s women are captained by University of Worcester student Sophie Carrigill, and she believes that the tournament will provide the British teams with the opportunity to excel in front of home crowds.

“It's a really exciting thought that the Europeans are only a year away,” Sophie says. “The University of Worcester Arena is not only a fantastic venue to train in, but it will be a great place to showcase the international competition.

“Having our centralised programme based at the University Arena gives us a great advantage as we will feel so comfortable playing on those courts. We're hoping that advantage, along with having a home crowd supporting us, will see us produce another best ever performance.”

Since opening in April 2013, the 2,000-seat venue has held numerous men’s and women’s internationals, provided the training base for both Great Britain teams and hosted the inaugural University Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which were won by Worcester.

The University, and the venue itself, continues to be at the forefront of the sport’s development in this country.

April White, University Arena Manager, says: “The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships are an extremely prestigious event for the University of Worcester Arena, the University and Worcester City, and we are very excited that the Championships are now only a year away.

“The University Arena has quickly established a reputation as this country’s premier venue for wheelchair basketball, and we look forward to seeing players, officials and spectators from across Europe share in the terrific facilities and unique atmosphere created here.”