Monday, 19 March 2012
The University of Worcester’s men’s basketball team has taken the British Universities and Colleges Sports championship title for the sixth time in eight years.
The team beat Durham in the final of the annual BUCS contest to take the title in Sheffield at the weekend. It has been a double winning season for the team; they also won the Northern Premier league.
The team was coached by Paul James, who is also head coach of England men’s and BBL side, Worcester Wolves. He said: “It was a great weekend with all our team contributing to the success at different times. Durham played some excellent basketball and we are delighted to win such an exciting final between two evenly matched teams.”
The men’s second team is currently at the top of the British Universities and Colleges Midlands 2A Division. The women’s team enjoyed an unbeaten league campaign. The women secured the Midlands 2A league title despite a serious challenge from Loughborough and Nottingham second teams.
Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the achievements of all of the players and coaches on the Worcester programme this year. The strong foundations that had been put in place over years were always eventually going to bring success, yet the outstanding leadership and inspiration from our Director of Basketball Paul James is really beginning to make an impact and establish the club as a force in the UK. Paul really has imposed his philosophy that is positive and encourages plays to express themselves in a team setting. They enjoy being part of it.”
Basketball plays a significant role in the University’s sport-related educational outreach work and has been an integral part of the University’s highly successful learning through sport outreach programme for children.
The University also runs the European MSc in basketball coaching in partnerships with Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education and the Lithuanian basketball Federation.
Each year an estimated 100 students apply from around the world for the basketball bursaries and the scholarships at the university, of which only a handful are awarded.