Great success of the first Worcester-Valencia Basket International Basketball Camp


The arrival of back home in the early hours of Friday to Saturday of the Spanish participants in the international Basketball Camp of basketball organized by Valencia Basket and the University of Worcester has been the end point to this first joint project collaboration of these two entities. And the balance of the parties involved do not can be more satisfactory. Such was its success, now both sides are looking to expand the venture next year.


Coaches from the Wolves and Valencia have been working with more than 60 youngsters from throughout the UK and Europe to help them improve their basketball skills, while also embracing an alternative basketball culture. The week-long camp included skill stations, drills, individual workouts and analysis, as well as competitions and basketball games. Youngsters also received Valencia Basket clothing, from the Spanish Club technical sponsor Luanvi. And all in English, so that the experience of immersion for all participants that this is not their native language would be complete.


The giving of the competitions’ trophies was the end of this experience in the sports facilities of the University of Worcester. For the Spanish atendees, that showed their satisfaction with the experience to the conclusion of the same, the Campus included also two hours of daily English lessons with native teachers and an excursion to the neighbouring town of Birmingham.


Paul James, Head Coach of Worcester Wolves, said: “Working with the Spanish coaches has been enjoyable and enlightening and their hunger for success, whilst ensuring enjoyment for the players, has been a key feature. We have spent the week exchanging ideas and have developed an excellent team of coaches.”


Juanjo Rojo, Lead Coach from Valencia Basket, said that “We have had an excellent week and have enjoyed the hospitality of the university, which has made us all feel very welcome. We have been impressed with the attitude of the young players and working with the Worcester coaches has been a very positive experience. We are really looking forward to building on this partnership and returning next year for an even bigger and better camp.”


University of Worcester Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Mick Donovan said: “The camp has been a huge success and is an excellent first step in our exciting partnership with Valencia Basket. We have been privileged to host this prestigious club and believe that we are setting the bar in terms of a unique residential basketball experience for aspiring young players. Clearly the social, cultural and educational benefits for the youngsters are also a significant factor”


The two clubssigned a partnership agreement last year, which aims to promote the exchange of expertise, knowledge and co-operation between staff in all appropriate and agreed basketball-related activities in education, health and wellbeing, social inclusion and youth engagement.