Wednesday, 03 July 2013
Two University of Worcester Business students have been selected to participate in the prestigious European Adidas Basketball Summer Camp in Lithuania next month.
The students will have the opportunity to improve their skills at the camp as a result of the strong partnership links between the University, the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club, the Lithuanian Sports University and the Lithuanian Basketball Federation.
The experienced players, who are part of the University’s first team and both played for the Worcester Wolves British Basketball League team last season, jetted off to Kaunas, Lithuania on Wednesday, 3rd July.
They have been awarded £750 each from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel to support the funding for their participation in Lithuania.
Kalil Irving, who has recently finished the first year of his Marketing course at the University of Worcester, has been practicing the sport for 14 years. His skills enabled him to make the high jump from a regular basketball player to the England International team.
After a year of playing for the Worcester Wolves, receiving the Most Exciting Player of the Year award, Kalil’s contract has recently been renewed for another season with the team.
The talented player has also won a number of awards, including Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player when he was playing for the Medway Park Crusaders team based at Canterbury High School.
The 21-year-old player from Canterbury said: “I am elated that the University of Worcester considered my application and awarded me the scholarship. I am looking forward to refining my personal basketball knowledge and individual skills.”
Harry Turner, who is about to start the second year of his Business Management studies at the University, is one of the most promising student athletes. This is the second time he has been awarded with a scholarship from the University to boost his professional sports development.
The gifted player from Milton Keynes said: “Luckily, I was awarded the scholarship and I will be able to develop my basketball skills further. It is an excellent opportunity provided by Mick Donovan, Coach Paul James, the Worcester Wolves and the Lithuanian partners. I hope to improve and absorb as much information as possible during the camp.”
The 19-year-old started playing basketball at the age of 12. Since then, he has been the recipient of a variety of awards, including receiving the Sports Achiever Award three times from his high school and the Most Valuable Player award at the National Cup Final
His skills were noticed by Paul James, Director of Basketball at the University and Head Coach of the Worcester Wolves, who said: “It is hoped that the progress Harry has already made, combined with the opportunity to go to Lithuania, will enable him to play a greater part with the team this coming season.
Paul James, Director of Basketball at the University and Head Coach of the Worcester Wolves, said: “A key part of the strategic vision of the partnership between the University and the Wolves is to support the best British young players in studying and playing, alongside challenging them when possible. This one month camp with some of Europe’s best coaches and young players will certainly do that and prepare them for the season ahead.”
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, added: “The University is recognised for its excellent partnership programmes with Lithuania and Spain, two of Europe’s basketball powers. By finding new ways to support the student athletes, we firmly believe we are providing one of the best basketball experiences for university students in Europe. With the launch of the new women’s programme, we can create even more exciting opportunities.”
Mindaugas Balciunas, Chancellor of the Lithuanian Sports University and Secretary General of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, said: “We see that the University of Worcester operates a very good model for developing players. Once again, we are happy to support their vision and hard work.”
Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or course-related activities.