Thursday, 22 August 2013
A director of a leading disability charity has praised the University of Worcester Arena as a ‘fantastic’ example of an inclusive sporting venue.
Nick Goldup was one of three cyclists, all representing the Whizz-Kidz charity, who stopped off at the University Arena on day four of their Land’s End to John O Groats fundraising cycle ride yesterday (Wednesday).
Mr Goldup and fellow cyclists Rahul Moodgal and Denis Ball were met at the University Arena by University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, the University’s Head of Recreation and Sport Strategy, Dr Susie Hart, and Councillor Pat Agar, Mayor of Worcester.
The fundraising trio are cycling the famous route to raise £250,000 to buy 150 adapted trikes for disabled youngsters, and were keen to see the new University Arena, which has been purpose-built to host both able-bodied and disabled elite sport.
After being shown around the venue, Mr Goldup said: “It’s a fantastic development. The amount of thought and effort that has gone into the University Arena is incredible.
“As you walk around the facilities, the thing that strikes you is just how flexible the University Arena is. You look at the changing rooms and notice immediately the amount of thought that went into making them truly accessible for wheelchair users.”
“It gives people the opportunity to not only play sport, but to do it easily – there are no barriers here, it’s just fantastic.”
The charity – which is focused on helping disabled children to lead full, independent lives – is looking to build on the phenomenal success of last year’s London 2012 Paralympics, which brought disabled sport to the nation’s attention like never before.
Mr Goldup added: “Whizz-Kidz wants to ensure the lasting legacy of the Games, which is why we’re using our challenge to seek out fantastic sporting facilities like the University of Worcester Arena.
“During our ‘Bikes for Tries’ challenge, we’re looking to raise as much money as possible so that 150 disabled children are given the independence and exercise they need with specialist trikes.
“With the right mobility and equipment, young people can take part I sport and play with their friends and families, and some may even aspire to be a future Paralympian.”
Professor Green was delighted to meet the charity representatives, saying: “The new University of Worcester Arena is designed to be exceptionally inclusive. At the University of Worcester, we believe that sport should be for everyone, which is why we offer the country’s first disability sports coaching degree.
“The University Arena has already proved incredibly popular with wheelchair athletes, and we were delighted to welcome the representatives of Whizz-Kidz, who work so hard to create opportunities for disabled people.”
For full details of the fundraising challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/generationinspired.