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University of Worcester Invited to Share Inclusive Sport Success at Prestigious Paralympic Conference in Rio

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester was invited to speak alongside Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, at a major conference at the Rio Paralympics.

The University is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for inclusive sport, and has already been involved in discussions with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Committee on planning a legacy for its games.

Since London 2012, the University of Worcester has helped to drive the Paralympic legacy forward. The fully accessible University of Worcester Arena has accommodated numerous regional, national and international disability sport fixtures and events, whilst also helping to break down barriers to sport participation amongst all social groups, making the facility truly inclusive.

The Arena is the training base of British Wheelchair Basketball, whose men’s and women’s teams qualified for Rio. Three members of the women’s squad, including co-captain Sophie Carrigill, are also students and graduates of the University.

The University is now involved in developing an International Centre for Inclusive Sport, which will provide additional facilities for disability sport, including a blind cricket centre, as well as build on the University’s existing success in educating the next generation of coaches with the knowledge and expertise to work across a range of elite level and grass roots disciplines, regardless of ability or disability.

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‘The University of Worcester: Inclusion Everywhere’

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