17th Jan, 2019

City urged to embrace Brum bid

WORCESTER must ‘grasp the opportunity’ Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games has presented the Faithful City with according to the city’s MP.

Robin Walker made the comment during a visit by Sports and Civil Society Minister Tracey Crouch to Worcester last week where she was given a tour of the city’s sporting facilities.

Worcester is fast becoming recognised as a centre of inclusive sport. During her visit, the Sports Minister had the opportunity to view a Sports Disability Class, the Community Seniors Badminton Group and the Worcester Wolves Basketball team at the University Arena.

Mrs Crouch met with world-class athletes who use the facilities on a regular basis including Paralympic swimmer Rebecca Redfern, GB Blind Cricketer Luke Sugg and Sophie Carrigill, Captain of the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.

The minister also saw exciting plans to expand the inclusive sport offering in Worcester by creating a new indoor cricket centre and an international centre for inclusive sport.

Following Mrs Crouch’s visit, the city’s MP Robin Walker has said Worcester should try and take full advantage of Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Although the city will not host any of the sports, Mr Walker believes Worcester should ‘press its case’ for involvement in the Commonwealth Games.

“Worcester is a great sporting city with a huge amount to offer, in particular with the growing specialism in disability sports,” Mr Walker said.

“The news of Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games presents a real opportunity for Worcester to become an international centre for inclusive sport in the coming years.

“I believe we must grasp that opportunity in the months ahead and press our case for a position on the world stage.”

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