A truly inspirational space, the Arena can cater for all major events including elite level sport, Comedy Shows, or Concerts. Our on site moveable retractable seating units provide seating for 1300 spectators with additional flat seating available to provide viewing for up to 2,000 guests. The TV gantry offers uninterrupted views of the centre court for TV crews and has been commended by TV companies for its design. The Arena’s flexibility allows it to transform into your vision for your event, from automatic blinds to enable you to ‘black out’ the entire venue to an integrated top class lighting and sound system.
With access to a courtside room (18m x 8m) event organisers are offered the flexibility to ‘break-out’ into this room for concessions, merchandising etc.
In addition to the arena main hall and courtside room the University arena also boasts a state of the art conference facility in a fresh, modern and dynamic conference suite on the first floor of the building. The Joel Richards Conference suite, which is named in honor of one of The University of Worcester's Students whose life was tragically cut short in the Tunisian terror attacks in 2015, can be fully partitioned to create smaller, soundproof rooms if required; and includes exciting views overlooking the Arena Hall and across the River Severn to the city centre beyond.
Our conference facilities also include:
• Use of a fully licensed bar with a large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks
• Use of plasma screens in the reception area to welcome your guests in style
• Use of VIP entrance
• Spacious first floor balcony with views over the river Severn and the Worcester city centre beyond
• Exciting interior views over the Arena sports hall, home of the Worcester Wolves
• Ability to adapt the space to fit your requirements using soundproof partitions
• Use of audio visual equipment and support
• Smart, contemporary dining tables and chairs (table cloths can be included on request)
• High standard in-house catering at competitive prices
• Full event support from the dedicated in-house team
The Arena also has a spacious Media Balcony, which connects the Joel Richards Conference Suite and Joel Richards Media Suite. This space is perfect for small groups to have some privacy when viewing the activities in the main hall.
Our media balcony has all the necessary power and data ports required for AV equipment to record what is taking place in the main hall. With the unrestricted view of the courts the media balcony is often used as a commentary box whose requiring to give a play by play of the on court activities.
The university of Worcester Arena has 6 spacious changing rooms adjacent to the main hall, as well as 3 smaller individual changing rooms for officials or just those who wish for privacy.
Arena Strength and Conditioning Suite
The strength and conditioning (S&C) suite was specifically designed to meet the S&C training needs of University of Worcester (UW) Performance Student Sport athletes. It boasts eight fully equipped lifting stations and a full range of supplementary equipment one would expect to find in a modern S&C suite. Two of the platforms have continuous video recording and playback facilities, so athletes and S&C coaches may view session lifts ‘live time’, to monitor and discuss technical proficiency.
The S&C suite functions as a performance lab, strictly timetabled to operate only when qualified S&C coaches are in attendance. The S&C suite compliments 2 general population gym facilities operating on the UW campus.
Skilful programming enables direct service provision to over 350 student athletes, 57 scholars and 2 professional sport franchises (UW Worcester Wolves Basketball Men’s BBL & Women’s NBL Div 1, and the Severn Stars Vitality Netball Super League squad). The UW Performance Sport Programme underpins 10 sport teams, 8 of which have male and female squads.
The S&C coaches also support 5 development sports, working with the Worcester Students Union (WSU) to teach S&C techniques to student teams sitting just below the UW Performance Sport eligibility criteria, aspiring to progress.
The S&C Coaching team are also responsible for training scholarship athletes in receipt of a bronze, silver or gold award. A total, 57 athletes will enjoy professional instruction in 2020/21. UW is an accredited TASS Hub with dedicated S&C coaching delivered to TASS athletes, all year round.
Over 400 athletes receive S&C coaching, each must complete a PAR-Q, a needs analysis and undergo a battery of performance tests (2 x p.a.). Each athlete receives personal training programmes broken into meso cycles across pre/competition/post season. The S&C coaches operate a wellbeing login system whereby each athlete records information on how they feel and how prepared they are to train each day. This enables S&C coaches to adjust planned training content for an athlete showing high levels of fatigue, or stress, so managing personal need in an individual athlete centred model.
Community engagement is an important part of the work undertaken in the UW Arena S&C Suite. For example, each week S&C coaches deliver active ageing fitness classes for people over the age of 65yrs. Local sport club support includes training Worcester Swimming Club, Worcester Triathlon Club and UW Badminton Performance Centre.
The S&C team have also pioneered the Young Worcester Talented (YWT) S&C sport support programme; Offering support to young athletes finding it difficult to access, or afford, the level of specialist S&C coaching needed to manage individual, physical athletic development for elite performance.
The S&C coaching team give academic support, delivering both technical and practical demonstrations in lectures. They collaborate with academic staff undertaking applied research, making available statistical information collected during training and fitness testing. Anonymised data is also available for lecture exemplars.
Work based placement opportunities are allocated to undergraduate and Masters students, enabling them to gain valuable practical experience working in a professionally mentored S&C environment. In six years of opening, the S&C coaches have logged over 7000 hours of student S&C placements.
There is a one-way system in place at the Arena with entry via Chequers Lane from Hylton Road and exit one-way through the campus back on to Hylton Road.
The Arena has a dedicated pay and display car park with over 250 parking spaces. On event days spectators can park all day for £4.00 per car. There is a height restriction barrier of 2.1 metres. The Arena has ample parking with accessible parking bays and designated coach and mini-buses bays, which can be booked in advance. In the event Arena car parks are full, visitors are advised to park in the nearby University of Worcester car park or one of the city council car parks.