International Basketball Comes to Worcester

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The University of Worcester will play host to some of the world’s top basketball stars next week when England take on Lithuania in the second international match to be hosted at the venue.

basketballLast weekend England Senior Men, coached by Worcester Wolves’ Head Coach Paul James, beat Scotland in two matches held at the University. The squad will now meet basketball powerhouse Lithuania in two matches on July 6 & 7 (tip off at 6.30pm on both nights).

The University of Worcester has strong links with the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, having been selected as a training camp for the Country’s national squad ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University of Worcester’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Paul James and his England team for the second time this month and we will offer a warm Worcester welcome to our established friends from Lithuania. We have already received a tremendous amount of interest for the games and encourage all spectators to purchase tickets quickly as we anticipate a sell out.”

This will be the first training camp for the Lithuanian national squad as they prepare for the World Championships in Turkey and some of the players who are in contention for that tournament, including Zalgiris and Euro League star Sarunas Vasiliauskas, will be playing against the England team. The Lithuanian team has agreed to meet with fans after the games.

The University of Worcester is developing a 1,500 seat arena, which will be opening its doors to both University students and the general public in spring 2012, ahead of the Olympics. It will serve as the home ground for Worcester Wolves basketball team, and as a venue for a wide range of memorable sports events and concerts.

Tickets for the England v Lithuania games are £10, with no concessions, and must be purchased in advance and collected on the day, from 4.30pm onwards.

To celebrate the Lithuanian festival of ‘Mindaugas Day’ there will be a barbeque/ bar refreshments outside the University Sports Complex from 3pm before both Lithuanian games.

For ticket information email or To book and pay for tickets by phone call 01905 855574.

To book accommodation at the University of Worcester contact or call 01905 542121.