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University of Worcester Arena Crowned Winner at Prestigious Guardian Awards

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The University of Worcester Arena has won a prestigious Guardian University Award.

The facility was announced the winner of the 'Buildings that Inspire' category at the award ceremony, which was held in London last night.

The Guardian Awards aim to recognise and reward projects in universities that demonstrate genuine innovation in the sector, collaborative delivery on the ground, and meaningful impact both inside their institutions and beyond, with the potential to inspire others. The University Arena's win follows The Hive's success in 2013, when the library won the 'Contribution to the Local Community' award.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University's Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, says: "Winning this award is a further validation of the incredible success that the University Arena has enjoyed since opening in 2013.

"The vision behind the facility was to create a fully inclusive arena of which Worcester could be proud; to break down barriers to sport participation and to produce an environment which could inspire students, members of the public and elite athletes to thrive.

"These objectives have been realised, and we are delighted to have won the Guardian University Award in recognition of this."

The University Arena beat competition from Bath Spa University and the University of Essex for the award, which was open to entries from universities across the country and aimed to find the projects that have 'positively enhanced the student and/or staff experience on campus, whether through a new build or a redevelopment'.

Since opening two years ago, the University Arena†- the country's first indoor sporting venue designed specifically to meet the needs of wheelchair athletes - has provided a hub at which University, community and inclusivity could thrive, and cemented Worcester's position at the forefront of inclusive sport in this country.

International netball, basketball and wheelchair basketball fixtures, along with national championships in badminton and taekwondo, have been staged at the venue, which is also home to the Worcester Wolves.

The University Arena is the training base for Great Britain's wheelchair basketball teams and, later this year, will host the sportís European Championships.