Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Hundreds of schoolchildren from Worcestershire will enjoy a range of educational, sporting activities as the annual Learning Through Sport Day takes place for the first time at the brand new University of Worcester Arena.
More than 200 pupils from schools across the county will participate in an action packed day of sport and education on Tuesday 4th June, including rugby, cricket, basketball and, for the first time, Rhythmic Gymnastics. The children’s activities will be led by University of Worcester lecturers and students together with coaches and players from the Worcester Warriors Rugby, Worcestershire County Cricket and Worcester Wolves Basketball Clubs.
The new University of Worcester Arena, overlooking the River Severn, is built on the site of the long derelict, former fruit and vegetable market in Hylton Road, Worcester. It is the UK’s first indoor sports arena to be designed specifically to accommodate tournaments for both disabled and able-bodied athletes and provides a fabulous community venue.
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, said: “We are thrilled to be using the Arena for the first time at our annual Learning Through Sport Day. It will provide a great opportunity for the children to experience what this fantastic facility has to offer. The Learning Through Sport Day is the highlight of our annual programme. Since last summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games well over a thousand children have been involved. We are aiming for even more next year.”
University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, added: “The University’s Learning Through Sport Programme helps children improve their Maths and English whilst participating in sport. Sport teaches skills of teamwork and self-discipline as well as promoting health, sociability and all the benefits which come from joining in. It is also fun! The University of Worcester is passionately committed to top standards in education for all. We are delighted that our new Arena will provide the venue for this inspiring event.”