By Tim Clarke 24/04 Updated: 25/04 13:59
THE UNIVERSITY of Worcester's men's basketball team has secured the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) championship title for the sixth time in eight years.
The team beat Durham in the final of the annual BUCS contest to take the title in Sheffield at the weekend and complete a double winning season having already won the Northern Premier League.
The team was coached by Paul James, who is also head coach of Worcester Wolves and England's men's teams.
He said: “It was a great weekend with all our team contributing to the success at different times. Durham played some excellent basketball and we are delighted to win such an exciting final between two evenly matched teams.”
The men’s second team is currently at the top of the BUCS Midlands 2A Division while the women’s team enjoyed an unbeaten league campaign as they claimed the Midlands 2A league title despite a serious challenge from Loughborough and Nottingham.
Mick Donovan, Head of the university’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the achievements of all of the players and coaches on the Worcester programme this year.
"The strong foundations that had been put in place over years were always eventually going to bring success, yet the outstanding leadership and inspiration from our Director of Basketball Paul James is really beginning to make an impact and establish the club as a force in the UK."
"Paul really has imposed his philosophy that is positive and encourages plays to express themselves in a team setting. They enjoy being part of it.”
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