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University Arena Ready to Stage Trio of Crucial International Basketball Fixtures

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Great Britainís senior womenís basketball team will begin their European Championship qualifying campaign at the University of Worcester Arena next weekend.

Next Sundayís home fixture against Belgium is Britainís first game in the Second Qualification Round for the 2015 ĎEuroBasketí competition, with this match and subsequent group games giving the Worcester crowd the chance to lend their support to the national team.

Great Britain face a tough assignment against a talented young Belgium team (June 8, 2pm tip-off) before they hit the road for three successive away games in the space of eight days. They will then return to Worcester for what are sure to be two crucial encounters against FYR of Macedonia (June 22, 2pm) and Lithuania (June 25, 7pm) respectively.

Sinéad Gordon, British Basketball Head of Operations, believes that the University Arena will be the perfect setting as Britainís women bid to reach their third successive EuroBasket finals.

She says: "The team will have a challenging EuroBasket qualifying campaign, especially with three successive away fixtures, but through the selection of the University Arena, we are providing a great platform for the team to go out and perform in front of a capacity crowd on our home court.

"We believe the opportunity for the women to compete at the big venues is an invaluable experience, and we are excited about the prospect of working closely with the University of Worcester across the campaign."

The squad, which includes a number of players with Olympic experience after competing at London 2012, held a training camp at the University Arena earlier this month, and University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, is looking forward to seeing basketball fans in Worcester turning out in force to cheer on the national team.

The Worcester Wolves have secured both the BBL title and BBL Trophy this year, to add to the University teamís BUCS success, and Professor Green says: ďThe University of Worcester is delighted to be hosting top flight international basketball. The University of Worcester Arena has already established itself as Britain's leading venue for wheelchair basketball and one of the regular top choices for top national and international netball matches.

"These internationals will provide a terrific and affordable opportunity for the people of our region to support our national women's team and enjoy a thrilling tournament, all taking place on our doorstep."

Tickets for all three matches are now on sale, with a limited number of tickets available at £5 per person per game. To book, or for more information, visit www.ticketline.co.uk.†