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Chance to Try Wheelchair Basketball in the New Year

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Following a year of success for disability sport, the University of Worcester is encouraging people to try something new in 2013.

The University’s wheelchair basketball club has become increasingly popular this year, after the Paralympic Games in London sparked renewed interest in the sport.

The University runs free informal sessions, available to everyone, of all ages and abilities each Saturday at 11am at the University’s Sports Hall on the St John’s Campus. Currently the club has 15 regular disabled athletes.

Third year Sports Studies student Luke Parrock is heavily involved in the wheelchair basketball club. “At present the club is involved in friendly local tournaments, or also called Central Venue League,” he said.

“Our club at St John’s campus is the venue for most games due to the facilities, equipment and available coaches. Teams from local communities such as Bromsgrove, Gloucester and Hereford, play friendly games at the University averaging a game every two or three weeks. We would love to have more people come along and join us to help our team grow.”

The new Worcester Arena, currently being developed by the University, is set to open in February 2013 and will be the first sports arena, outside Stoke Mandeville, specially-designed for wheelchair athletes. The Arena will host major wheelchair basketball tournaments and school games, among many other events.

For more information about the wheelchair basketball club contact Luke at parl1_09@uni.worc.ac.uk