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Worcester Trust Donates £200,000 to University's Disability Programme

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The Worcester-based Bransford Trust has donated £200,000 towards the University of Worcester’s disability sports programme.

The generous gift will provide specialist equipment and facilities for disability sport as part of the preparations for the opening of the Worcester Arena early next year. It will help ensure that the Worcester Arena is the Country’s premier, inclusive indoor sports centre for wheelchair sport as well an outstanding facility for the wider community in the region.

Colin Kinnear, a Trustee of The Bransford Trust, which is a friend of the arts and young people’s causes in the Worcester area, said: “The Bransford Trust is delighted to support the University of Worcester’s initiative in assisting young people who have mobility problems to take a really active part in a fully competitive sport. In watching their involvement today on court one can see how fulfilling and beneficial it is in developing their young lives.”

Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “We are very grateful to The Bransford Trust for this most generous gift.

“This gift will help ensure that the Worcester Arena will make an outstanding contribution to sport generally and disability sport in particular. It will increase participation in sport and improve performance from grass roots to elite level. The Arena’s facilities will cater for disability by design and enable true inclusion and Colin’s generous support, when joined with generous gifts and grants from other supporters will help the University turn dreams into reality.”

The Worcester Arena, is currently being constructed on the long abandoned site of the former Worcester Fruit and Vegetable Market, which was derelict for over 25 years. The Arena’s foundations and steel structure are now virtually complete and the Arena is set to open in February 2013.

Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University said “We are very grateful to The Bransford Trust for his generous donation. This takes us to the £3m mark towards the construction and fitting out of the Arena. We hope that this gift will inspire many others to come forward to support the Arena through our buy a brick campaign which welcomes donations from £50 upwards. This really is a most worthwhile cause which will provide a top class facility for generations to come.”