WORCESTER TO BE GB WOMEN BASE

gbw rachael vanderwal 568British Basketball have announced that Great Britain senior women will play each its three home qualifying games for the 2015 EuroBasket Women at Worcester University Arena.

The decision to host the June ties, against Belgium, Macedonia and Lithuania, at a single venue will disappoint many fans with GB women restricted once again to competitive appearances in the south of England, following a prior residence in Guildford.

But although it is understood finances are part of the logic, the governing body now faces a challenge to sell three games at the arena, which has the minimum 2000 seats required, and the court specifications demanded for international games under FIBA regulations.

“The team will have a challenging EuroBasket qualifying campaign, especially with three successive away fixtures, but through the selection of the new University Arena in Worcester, we are providing a great platform for the team to go out and perform in front of a capacity crowd on our home court,” Sinéad Gordon, British Basketball Head of Operations, said.

“In recent years we have enjoyed competing at Surrey and have had a great relationship with Surrey Sports Park but we are especially looking forward to be heading to the new 2000-seat Arena at Worcester, which is such a strong basketball area and of course boast current BBL franchise, Worcester Wolves.”

A head coach has yet to be confirmed for the women’s team with Damian Jennings ordered to re-apply for the post, despite leading the side to the brink of the quarter-finals at EuroBasket 2013.

No venues have yet been announced for GB Men’s qualifying ties with Iceland and Bosnia.

GB Women Schedule

SUN 08 June 14:00 Great Britain v Belgium, University of Worcester Arena
WED 11 June TBC F.Y.R. of Macedonia v Great Britain
SUN 15 June TBC Lithuania v Great Britain
WED 18 June TBC Belgium v Great Britain
SUN 22 June 14:00 Great Britain v Macedonia, University of Worcester Arena
WED 25 June 19:00 Great Britain v Lithuania, University of Worcester Arena

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