UNIVERSITAS Visits Worcester

14.05.2011

FIBA Europe News

Miguel Betancor, Universitas, Worcester
Mick Donovan, Miguel Betancor, David Green, Mindaugas Balciunas, Alejandro Vaquera and Derek Peters at the University of Worcester

FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor, FIBA Europe Board Member Mindaugas Balciunas and University of Leon Professor Alejandro Vaquera visited the University of Worcester earlier this week.

Mr Betancor, Mr Balciunas and Mr Vaquera presented the FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS project to Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor of the University of Worcester, Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, and Derek Peters, Professor of Sport, Health & Exercise Science.

The FIBA Europe team and the University of Worcester representatives discussed possible forms of participation of the prestigious English University in the pan-European network of educational establishments.

The main objective of Project UNIVERSITAS is to promote basketball as an educational tool beyond basketball courts, by creating educational programs that reach students in universities and all other academic levels alike.

Mr Betancor, Mr Balciunas and Mr Vaquera visited the university's state-of-the-art Motion & Performance Centre and discussed a number of other projects, such as the creation of a scientific magazine focusing on basketball, and FIBA Europe support to the university's Masters Degree.

Great Britain will compete in EuroBasket 2011 and EuroBasket Women 2011 this summer and both the men's and women's team will take part in the Olympic Basketball Tournament in London 2012.

However, the recent success of Great Britain's senior national teams is only the most visible part of a recent surge of interest in basketball in Britain.

Miguel Betancor, Lithuanian Basketball Federation Secretary General Mindaugas Balciunas
The FIBA Europe team discussing Project UNIVERSITAS and the European Basketball Research Centre with their University of Worcester hosts

The University of Worcester, which has long been at the forefront of sport education and research in the United Kingdom, aspires to play an active role in the future development of basketball.

To that effect, the university will collaborate with FIBA Europe to create the European Basketball Research Centre.

"The European Basketball Research Centre will transform the development and delivery of world class basketball research with a clear aim to enhance all aspects of coaching and performance. The Centre will bring academics and coaches together to share their findings and expertise, " Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at University of Worcester, told fibaeurope.com

The University of Worcester are honoured to be a part of such an exciting initiative with FIBA Europe," Mr Donovan added.

Building on the university's expertise in the field and the support of the governing body of basketball in Europe, the creation of the Centre could come to represent a milestone in the history of the sport.


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