Friday, 24 May 2013
Worcester MP, Robin Walker, said he was “enormously impressed” by a new £15 million sports arena developed by the University of Worcester.
Just days before the University of Worcester Arena was due to host its first major sporting event, the Netball Super League Final, University Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, welcomed Mr Walker to the venue.
The Arena is the first indoor sports facility in the Country designed specifically to accommodate disabled and able-bodied athletes and was one of only six national projects to receive funding from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities Olympic legacy fund, with a grant of £1.5m.
Joined by Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, and students studying on the Physical Education and Sports Studies course, Mr Walker had the chance to see the fully inclusive Arena, which is equipped with retractable seating for 2,000 people and excellent television infrastructure.
Mr Walker said: “It’s a facility which is even bigger from the inside than I expected. It is something that I think the City and the University will benefit from enormously and will really add to the City’s offering in disability sport, which I think is fantastic, especially in the legacy period after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Commenting on the impact of the University of Worcester Arena on the region, he added: “I think this can become a national centre of excellence for disability sport, but I think it’s also going to be a really important regional facility. If it draws more people to Worcester and builds up the levels of interest in the City, that’ll be a good thing too.
“The way the Arena has been designed, together with an emphasis on making it accessible to media, will bring not only national, but international disability sport to the City. Last year’s Paralympics Games showed that Britain can be a world leader in disability sport and I think that having a facility like the Arena will put Worcester at the heart of that.”