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University of Worcester Arena Impresses Wheelchair Basketball Teams

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The Canadian and the Standard Life Great Britain wheelchair basketball women’s teams have been making the most of the new £15 million University of Worcester Arena.

Following the success of the men’s teams games earlier in June, the two teams, have been training and competing at the University Arena.

Melanie Howtin, a 24-year-old player from team Canada, who has been practicing the sport for two years now, said: “The Arena is absolutely amazing, it is so accessible. It certainly is the best facility for wheelchair basketball I have ever seen!”

After an intense initial game, when team Canada won in the last minute, Paul Zachau, High Performance Director of the Canadian team, added: "The University of Worcester Arena is a wonderful facility - fully accessible, offering three courts and is in such close proximity to the University campus. It is a fantastic new, modern venue with very welcoming staff. Team Canada would be pleased to come back to train and play here again in the future."

Sophie Carrigill, a 19-year-old player from Great Britain, who will also start her degree in Sports Psychology at the University of Worcester in September 2013, said: “I am impressed by the University of Worcester Arena, especially by its accessibility and how well it was designed. The team feels very comfortable playing here, having the great courts and baskets.”

Sophie’s teammate, Jude Hamer, added: “We have heard a lot about the Arena. Now being here, we can see how great it is to have a spacious wheelchair basketball specific facility. We are all looking forward to train here in the future.”