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University Recognised for Providing 'Excellent' Student Sport Experience

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The University of Worcester has again been recognised as one of the country’s top sporting universities, after being shortlisted for the College and University Business Officers (CUBO) Excellence in Student Sport Experience award.

The CUBO awards – now in their fourth year – celebrate the achievements of those working in the higher education industry.

The shortlists were revealed last week – ahead of the award ceremony, which will take place in July – and the University of Worcester will battle it out against Loughborough University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bath in the Excellence in Student Sport Experience category.

The nomination is further enhancement of Worcester’s sporting reputation, which has been built upon the University’s innovative courses, spectacular facilities and close links with local sports clubs.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, says: “This is very welcome news; we are delighted that our commitment to allowing students to develop their sporting interests and talents has been recognised.”

Last December, Which? University Guide ranked Worcester as one of the top eight sporty universities in the UK, revealing that students had praised the variety of sports on offer both on and around the University’s sites.

Worcester Students’ Union is represented by teams in well over 30 sports, with particular strength lying in basketball and disability sports. Both of these areas have been able to flourish still further thanks to the ongoing success of one of the University’s key developments in recent years – the University of Worcester Arena.

Opened in 2013, the University Arena is the first indoor sporting facility in this country designed specifically with the needs of the wheelchair athlete in mind, and its inclusive nature has given athletes, students and members of the local community the chance to thrive.

The venue has hosted international fixtures and national team training camps in a number of different sports, whilst also providing students with the perfect backdrop in which to develop their skills as athletes, coaches or teachers.

Earlier this year, the University Arena won the prestigious Guardian University Award in the Buildings that Inspire category, and the venue will host the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships – a qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Paralympics – in August and September.

The captain of the national women’s wheelchair basketball team, Sophie Carrigill, is one of a large number of first-class athletes who have elected to study and train at Worcester in recent years. The University has a mentor scheme in place to ensure that those students participating in high level competition are able to enjoy excel in both a sporting and academic sense.