New European Basketball Research Centre to Launch

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The University of Worcester is to become the UK partner of a newly established European basketball research centre.

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

The FIBA European Centre for Basketball Research will be hosted by the University of Worcester, along with the Lithuanian Academy for Physical Education and the Lithuanian Basketball Federation. It will aim to lead the development and delivery of world class basketball research and bring together academics and coaches from around Europe to engage in and disseminate performance relevant research findings.

There will be a bi-annual basketball research conference, a regular online journal and a research resource. The Centre will also develop funded PhD students to work on selected research topics for FIBA Europe.

Great Britain will compete in EuroBasket 2011 and EuroBasket Women 2011 at the end of this month 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.

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.

Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester, said: “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.

“The University of Worcester is honoured to be a part of such an exciting initiative with FIBA Europe.”