Monday, 27 June 2016
Three former University of Worcester students will join the Wales national squad for a major tournament this week.
Sam Roberts, who has just finished his degree, and graduates Ben Potts and Damian Edwards have been selected for the Senior Men’s Basketball team.
They will compete at the European
Championship for Small Countries from Tuesday, June 28.
Sam and Damian play in the guard position, with
Ben as a power forward in the 12-strong team.
Sam, of Cowbridge, the Vale of Glamorgan, has just finished a
three year course in sports studies and this will be his first time in the
The 20-year-old, who developed his love of
basketball from the age of 14, played in the University’s second team in the British
Universities and College Sport (BUCS) league and the Worcester Wolves national
league division two side.
He has played in the under 16 and under 18
“The hard work still isn’t done because we
haven’t gone to the tournament. We have
to stay focused,” said Sam.
“There are some tough teams going like
Andorra and Armenia.
“We’ll just hopefully give it our best.”
Ben Potts, 31, of Worcester, who grew up in Wrexham, North Wales,
studied at the University of Worcester for more than six years.
He first took a Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification, which
gave him the qualifications needed to go on to a degree in sports coaching
He played for the University’s basketball first team, helping it
win the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) basketball championship five years in a row, and played for
the Worcester Wolves professional side for seven years.
He said the University has really helped hone his skills by
bringing in experienced American players as coaches to the University team.
Now working as a personal trainer and tutor, he continues to play
for the Worcester Bears, a non-professional West Midlands league side.
He has been representing Wales for the last 15 years.
Damian, 26, of Harrow London, played for the University first team
and the Worcester Wolves team for three years and has been playing for Wales
since he was 22.
Now a teacher, he did a joint honours degree in Sports
Coaching Science and Physical Education.
The tournament, in Moldova, runs until July 3
and the Welsh team plays its first game of the championships in Chisinau
against Andorra on Tuesday, June 28.
part of Group B they also face Armenia and Moldova.
need to finish in the top two places to give them the chance to compete in the
comes after Alex Radu, Senior
Lecturer in Sports Coaching Basketball at
the University of Worcester and Assistant Coach to the Worcester Wolves
basketball team, was appointed the Assistant Coach of
the Wales squad.