Tuesday, 15 July 2014
The ownership of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club will be changing hands after long-time sponsors the University of Worcester created a new subsidiary company, UW Worcester Wolves, which will take the club forward into a new era.
Former owner Roger Clarke, who will now take up a role as President of the Club, believes the new structure will provide the ideal ‘platform to launch the club into a new era of development’.
explains: “Having privately owned the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club for
fifteen years, and after our most successful ever season saw us win the British
Basketball League (BBL) Trophy and BBL Play-Off final - along with the British
University Championships - last year, I have made the decision to transfer the
franchise to the University of Worcester.
partnership with the University has been very successful, and I feel that now
is the right time for the University to take ownership of the Club.
of the University, together with the University of Worcester Arena and the new
club structure, will provide a platform to launch the Club into a new era of
development. I am excited to accept my
new role as President and to closely continue my working partnership with Mick
Donovan, the new Managing Director, to enable us to cement a more sustainable,
stronger future for the Club.”
management structure of UW Worcester Wolves will also see Paul James continue
his role as the Director of Basketball. Significantly, the board will include
strategic senior staff and associates of the University.
adds: “This is a really exciting time for the Club as we look to build upon the
great work that we have done with Roger in the past. The new structure will
clearly give the club the opportunity to grow in a strategic and sustainable
way in the future.
“We now have
an excellent programme, a fantastic venue and we want to continue to set the
international standards for sport and education working together.”
The news has
also been welcomed by the BBL, with Chairman Ed Percival saying: “The BBL is
delighted with this development of the Worcester Wolves franchise, which we
believe will assist in the development of the Club.
foundations being laid will provide the basis for sustainable future growth of
basketball in the Worcester area.”
have enjoyed a fantastic partnership with the University since the Club’s
formation, and entry into Division 3 of the English Basketball League, in 2000.
the Club has enjoyed a rapid rise to success, with notable victories in the
Patron’s Cup Final and the National Play off finals in 2004; the National
Trophy Cup Final in 2006; and more recently, the capture of two of the four BBL
trophies on offer during the historic 2013/14 season.
Meanwhile, the University has dominated the British Universities Men’s Championships (BUCS) by claiming the title in eight of the past ten years.
University has been invited to promote its work and share good practice at
leading universities all over the world, with recent presentations being
delivered at the Beijing Sport University in China and Istanbul Sport
University in Turkey.
of Worcester Arena currently hosts the GB Women’s Eurobasket qualifying games
and is to be the training base for the GB men’s team. It is also the home for
the GB men’s and women’s Wheelchair Basketball teams with several University
staff and students providing sports science support.
and the University have developed outstanding Learning Through Sport and
community programmes that have engaged thousands of youngsters and included
innovative disability sport initiatives that have gained national and
international recognition and awards, whilst also attracting thousands of
applications from all over the world from potential students who want to study,
play or coach at the University of Worcester.
The Club has
been working hard to assemble the 2014/15 BBL team and some familiar faces and
new additions will be announced in the coming days.