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International Basketball Comes to Worcester

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The University of Worcester will host four international basketball games this summer as England take on Scotland and Lithuania.

Arvydas MacijauskasEngland Senior Men, coached by Worcester Wolves’ Head Coach Paul James, will take on Scotland in two matches - on June 26 (tip off at 6pm) and June 27 (tip off at 2pm) - before meeting 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.

The University also launched the first European Masters in Basketball Coaching, in partnership with the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education (LAPE) and endorsed by the Federation for International Basketball in Europe (FIBA Europe) and the Lithuanian Basketball Federation. The course has already attracted some of Lithuania’s top basketball players.

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 and we will offer a warm Worcester welcome to Scotland for the first time and of course to our established friends from Lithuania. We have already received a tremendous amount of interest for the Lithuanian 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 2,000 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.


Ticket information:
Tickets for the England v Scotland games are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and can be purchased on the day.

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.

For ticket information email s.hart@worc.ac.uk or m.morgan@worc.ac.uk. To book and pay for tickets by phone call 01905 855574.

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.

To book accommodation at the University of Worcester contact d.naylor@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 542121.