Hereford & Worcester

University of Worcester Arena Paralympic venue opens

Sir Phillip Craven and Professor David Green, vice chancellor Image copyright Other
Image caption Sir Phillip said the centre was a 'great initiative'

A new sporting venue, which will be a training base for Team GB's 2016 Paralympics squad, has been formally opened in Worcester.

The 2,000-seater University of Worcester Arena has already hosted some able-bodied and disabled sport events.

International Paralympic Committee president Sir Phillip Craven MBE opened the venue earlier.

The facility, in Hylton Road on the site of a former market, is home to the Worcester Wolves basketball club.

Sir Phillip told BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester the centre was a "great initiative" but stressed it was not just for use by disabled athletes.

"If it is for everybody, then you have to have a facility that's accessible to everybody, then you've got to encourage people to come and try it," he added.

It has six changing rooms, three rooms for referees, rooms for teaching and corporate events and a balcony with a view of the River Severn.

The 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships will be held at the arena next summer.

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