New year start for £15m sports arena

New year start for £15m sports arena

New year start for £15m sports arena

New year start for £15m sports arena

New year start for £15m sports arena

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WORK to build a state-of-the-art £15 million sports arena in Worcester will begin in January.

The University of Worcester today announced that contractors Willmot Dixon will start building the 2,000-seater arena in Hylton Road next month and should be finished by January 2013.

Construction of the 5,300 sq m arena, on the site of the former fruit market, will provide more than 250 jobs.

The university says a multi-million pound turnover once the venue is open will create dozens more full and part-time roles.

The Worcester Arena will be a national centre of excellence for disabled sport, serving both the city and the wider region.

Professor David Green, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the university, said: “It will provide outstanding new opportunities to engage in sport. Inclusive by design, it will become ‘home from home’ for many athletes with a mobility impairment, as well as our much-acclaimed and long-standiong Learning Through Sport programme for children.”

Mick Donovan, head of the university’s institute of sport and exercise, said it would also be a first-class venue for able-bodied athletes.

He said: “It will be capable of hosting major international tournaments, specialist training sessions and community events and will become the new home of the Worcester Wolves basketball team.”

The project is backed by £1.5 million from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities Olympic legacy fund after being selected as one of just six successful projects out of 172 applications.

It has also received £250,000 from the trustees of the Foundation for Sports and Arts, £375,000 from England Basketball, £200,000 from England Badminton and £25,000 from Herefordshire businessman Clive Richards.

More than £70,000 has been received in donations and fund-raising is continuing.

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1:27pm Fri 16 Dec 11

MrStJohns says...

Fantastic, and a credit to all of those involved in bringing such an amazing facility to Worcester, long may these developments continue.
Fantastic, and a credit to all of those involved in bringing such an amazing facility to Worcester, long may these developments continue. MrStJohns
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1:36pm Fri 16 Dec 11

brooksider says...

There is something wrong with this report, ignoring the obvious error in the headline.
It was previously stated the Sport England funding is 'matched' funding meaning that the university needed to have raised £1.5 million to qualify for it.
Given the Worcester News history of failing to grasp the financial aspects of sports arena developments, someone there needs to get the full story rather than simply cut and pasting press releases.
There is something wrong with this report, ignoring the obvious error in the headline. It was previously stated the Sport England funding is 'matched' funding meaning that the university needed to have raised £1.5 million to qualify for it. Given the Worcester News history of failing to grasp the financial aspects of sports arena developments, someone there needs to get the full story rather than simply cut and pasting press releases. brooksider
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1:57pm Fri 16 Dec 11

murray kelso says...

The headline has now been amended. Thanks.

MK - Digital Editor
The headline has now been amended. Thanks. MK - Digital Editor murray kelso
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3:10pm Fri 16 Dec 11

brooksider says...

murray kelso wrote:
The headline has now been amended. Thanks.

MK - Digital Editor
Thanks, can you amend the photo caption also?
[quote][p][bold]murray kelso[/bold] wrote: The headline has now been amended. Thanks. MK - Digital Editor[/p][/quote]Thanks, can you amend the photo caption also? brooksider
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3:31pm Fri 16 Dec 11

murray kelso says...

Oops. Sorry - I keep forgetting that the headline copies across to the caption when no specific caption is added.
Oops. Sorry - I keep forgetting that the headline copies across to the caption when no specific caption is added. murray kelso
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9:42am Mon 19 Dec 11

sugarlump says...

more debt that taxpayers will be paying for in the future!!
more debt that taxpayers will be paying for in the future!! sugarlump
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