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£250,000 Grant Brings Worcester Arena A Step Closer

The University of Worcester has been awarded a grant of £250,000 towards its campaign to build the Worcester Arena

The Trustees of the Foundation for Sport and the Arts have granted the University its maximum award after being impressed by the University’s record of stimulating participation and promoting inclusion in sport and education.

The Arena will enable the further development of this important work. A planning application was submitted last week for the £10m development, on the site of the former fruit and vegetable market in Hylton Road.

Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “This is the first substantial grant we have secured towards the construction of the Arena. It will, I am sure, help the University to further success in the considerable fundraising effort which is now underway.

“Very positive meetings have now been held with a number of sports national governing bodies, trusts, corporations, alumni and others interested in supporting this work. A number of applications have been made or are under preparation and we hope to be able to report more good news in the early part of next year.”

As part of the University’s fundraising campaign for the Arena, a successful ‘Race Night’ took place at the end of last month. Almost £4,000 was raised at the event, which saw more than 120 local people turn up for a fun night of virtual horse racing at the University.

Personal donations to the Campaign now total more than £40,000 and a growing number of bricks and plaques are being purchased.

The Worcester Arena will increase sport participation from grass roots to elite level across the region and make a real difference to people’s lives. It will be available for the whole community to use, as well as students, and will be the new home of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.

The 12-court Arena will provide facilities for a full range of indoor sports and become a centre of excellence for international level basketball, netball and badminton. It will be highly inclusive and cater for major disability team sports, with all areas and changing rooms designed for independent wheelchair access.

For more information on the Arena and the fundraising campaign and how you can get involved, visit www.worcesterarena.com