National Women’s Basketball Programme Launched at University of Worcester

A national league women’s basketball programme is being launched, as a partnership between the University of Worcester and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club, mirroring the success of the men’s squad.

The University’s men’s basketball team was this year crowned as British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) champions for the seventh time in nine years. The University is also home to British Basketball League (BBL) side Worcester Wolves, who are hoping for a top four finish for the second time in two years, with whom the University runs a successful scholarship programme.

Now the two are introducing a women’s programme and will be considering applications from female players for scholarships and bursaries for those hoping to study and play.

The Wolves will also be hoping to attract the best players in the region who may not necessarily want to study but want to be part of the programme, which will be based at the University’s new Arena.

The Arena has already been hailed as one of the finest basketball facilities in the country and the three courts add to the existing two courts that exist in the University’s St John’s Campus sports centre.

Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise, Mick Donovan, who is also the co-founder of the Wolves, said: “We have created a great model that enables talented athletes to combine study with fulfilling their potential and playing ambitions. Significantly, the student athletes will also have the opportunity to develop coaching qualifications and get paid for working with youngsters in schools that will hopefully inspire the next generation of female players.”

Director of Basketball Paul James is equally excited about the new initiative. “We have the foundations and support mechanisms to develop an excellent female program here in Worcester that we anticipate will be on a par with the men’s in the next three years,” he said. “We are eager to hear from any players who are interested in getting involved in the programme, whatever their current playing level and we hope to be announcing dates for trials in the next few weeks.”

Any players that are interested in learning more can contact Paul James by email on p.James@worc.ac.UK or sports office@worc.ac.UK. Paul will advise on playing opportunities and will also be able to direct those who are hoping to study to relevant University staff.

For information on all courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk