Thursday, 27 March 2014
The University of Worcester’s basketball team have been crowned British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) champions for the fourth year in a row.
Worcester defeated Loughborough University 96-90 in last night’s final, held at Surrey Sports Park, to claim the title; the eighth time the University has claimed the title in the last ten years.
The victory is the latest in a series of impressive milestones for Worcester’s basketball programme; the city’s professional side, the Worcester Wolves, are currently enjoying their strongest ever British Basketball League (BBL) season and will contest the BBL Trophy final in Glasgow on Sunday, while the University’s wheelchair basketball team also recently won the inaugural University Wheelchair Basketball Championships.
Paul James, Director of Basketball at the University of Worcester, said after the latest triumph: “This is a wonderful achievement for the University of Worcester and in particular this group of players, I’m very proud of what we have achieved this season.
"The team came good at the right time to make it four championship wins in a row, which is a remarkable accomplishment."
Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We have always believed in combining professional and student programmes together, and the success of our teams this season, and indeed over the past decade, shows that the sport and education philosophy can be an extremely effective one.
“To win eight BUCS titles in ten years is an incredible achievement, and after this success and that of our wheelchair basketball team, we are hopeful that the Wolves can secure their first piece of major silverware on Sunday to give us another reason to celebrate.”
The BUCS trophy will be presented to the team before tip-off in the league game between the Worcester Wolves and Sheffield Sharks at the University of Worcester Arena tomorrow (Friday).
Image courtesy of Surrey Sports Park.