University of Worcester's Inclusive Ethos is 'World-leading', says Minister for Sport


During a visit to the University, the Minister said she was "gob-smacked" by what she had seen and called for other universities and sporting bodies to follow suit.

"It's absolutely incredible and I think everybody here should be very proud of what it is that they deliver," she said. "I am absolutely gobsmacked by what I've seen and I'm really hugely impressed and I hope that others take note and follow suit."

The Minister was given a tour of the University of Worcester Arena, the Country's first sporting arena purpose-designed for athletes with physical impairments, where she met students, staff, athletes and community users, hearing about the pioneering work of the University to develop opportunities for everyone to participate in sport.

"I have found it enormously inspiring, the work that's going on here," she said. "I think it's world-leading, clearly very inclusive."

The Minister was also shown a model of the University's planned International Centre for Inclusive Sport, Physical Activity and Health, which would see the creation of the UK's first indoor cricket centre designed to meet the needs of visually, mentally and physically impaired cricketers, as well as young people, including in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds, together with community, club and elite cricketers, male and female.

The University has established a solid global reputation as a centre of excellence for disability sport, and has been involved in discussions with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Committee on planning a legacy for its games.

"I think it's important we do look at what is being provided here and try to roll it out across the Country so that everybody has the opportunity to participate in sport," the Minister added.

Tracey Crouch shares her impressions of the University