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University's Men's Basketball Team Takes Championship Title for Record Seventh Time

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The University of Worcester’s men’s basketball team has won the British Universities and Colleges Sports championship title for a record seventh time in nine years.

The team won the in the final game against Leeds Metropolitan University on Wednesday with a 71-62 score.

This is the third Championship in succession under the coaching of the University’s Director of Basketball Paul James, who is also head coach of England men’s and BBL side, Worcester Wolves, and his assistant Alex Radu.

Paul said: “This third win in a row in the final of BUCS competition demonstrates once more the quality of the basketball programme we have here at University of Worcester and also strengthens and reconfirms the fact that our University provides the best opportunity in the country to play basketball at the highest level and to study in the same time.”

Basketball plays a significant role in the University’s sport-related educational outreach work and has been an integral part of the University’s highly successful learning through sport outreach programme for children.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We are thrilled. This is testimony to the great commitment by the coaching staff and the student athletes. The most significant factor is that we have created a sustainable university programme and have raised the bar in university sport, which shows that the partnership with our BBL club, the Worcester Wolves, is successful. There are some excellent basketball programmes around the country, but it is satisfying to see ours at Worcester is the best.”

Stan Ocitti, who also plays for the Worcester Wolves and is on an MBA course at the University, was voted most valuable player in the final.   

The University also runs the European MSc in basketball coaching in partnerships with Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education and the Lithuanian basketball Federation . Each year an estimated 100 students apply from around the world for the basketball bursaries and the scholarships at the university, of which only a handful are awarded.

A special open day, including trials, will take place on April 17th, from 12pm to 4pm for those interested in basketball scholarships. For more information email info@worcesterwolves.org or call 01905 542251.