Friday, 02 July 2010
More than 300 youngsters from schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire enjoyed a day of fun-filled sporting activities at the University of Worcester.
The University’s annual Learning Through Sport event, which this year marked the launch of a fundraising campaign to build a new 1,500 seat arena for the City, saw the University team-up with the Country’s leading sports clubs and local energy company npower to help children participate and learn through sport.
The day consisted of a range of sports sessions, with the aid of Worcester Warriors Rugby and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.
The children then had the chance to see Worcestershire County Cricket Club take on Leicestershire at the New Road ground, with an opportunity to play Kwik Cricket during the interval.
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, said: “It was fantastic to see so many schools work together to enjoy a day of sporting activities. We were also delighted to receive the support of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcester Wolves Basketball Team and our community partner npower, who helped us to deliver an amazing day of Learning Through Sport.”
David Leatherdale, Commercial Director at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, said: “It was wonderful to see the New Road outfield covered in young people enjoying cricket. It is our pleasure to get involved once again in the Learning Through Sport Day, which benefits so many children in the local community.”
Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, said: “We were delighted to be part of this year’s event, it was magnificent to see so many children get involved. At npower, we are committed to help encourage local children to participate in sport, we have a long and proud history of sponsoring sports in Worcester at all levels.”
The new ‘Worcester Arena’, which will open in Spring 2012 ahead of the Olympics, will enable the University to offer services to professional athletes and local sports clubs, as well as host community events such as the Learning Through Sport Day.
The University of Worcester is currently promoting sponsorship events to raise funds for the new arena, including the ‘Sponsor a Brick - Building for the Future Campaign’, whereby sponsors can customise a brick, which will become a lasting part of the new building. Your name or company name and message is forever part of the Worcester Arena, marking your dedication to grass roots sport. The funds raised from the wall will help to pay for the development of our county’s largest indoor arena.
For more information about the Worcester Arena and fundraising activities visit http://www.worcesterarena.com/