Last summer saw the GB senior women produce their best ever performance at a major championship by a British team, when they came within one win of the knockout stages of EuroBasket 2013 in France. This summer they will be looking to book their ticket for EuroBasket 2015 when they return to international basketball in Worcester.
Following the women's campaign, the senior men's squad will also be put through their paces in Worcester in July and August as they too are tasked with qualifying for EuroBasket 2015 which is due to take place in Ukraine.
With access to high-performance facilities and support networks, Sinéad Gordon, Head of Basketball Operations at British Basketball believes that the 2000-seat University Arena is the perfect venue for the hosting of international basketball;
"We have worked very closely with the University of Worcester Arena and their Institute of Sport and Exercise Science in ensuring that the teams will still have access to the best preparation programme on offer, despite recent funding cuts.
"It will become the home of British Basketball this summer and indeed the home court for the Senior Women's team as it provides a competitive venue that meets the FIBA Europe standards required in the hosting of EuroBasket Qualification games."
As the University of Worcester Arena celebrates being one year old this month, it can only look back positively on the past year as it now provides top-class facilities and support in areas such as performance analysis, fitness and nutritional advice to a number sports from community level to elite and professional level.
Currently, the University of Worcester provides the home venue for the BBL's Worcester Wolves basketball team and the training base for British Wheelchair Basketball, as well as being the venue for a wide range of memorable sporting events including being selected to host the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: "We are proud to be hosting the GB teams here at Worcester this summer. It is a huge honour to have been selected as the training and competition venue for British Basketball and is testament, not only to the quality of the our new Arena, but also to the work of the University's Institute of Sport Science in supporting and leading the way in high-performance sport."
Head of the University's Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, Mick Donovan, added: "We have worked closely with British Basketball in meeting their requirements and it will be a fantastic opportunity for the University to be an active part in the GB senior teams EuroBasket qualification.
"This success is testimony to the great facility and the support network that has been built up with the University since the Arena opened only a year ago. I am very much looking forward to welcoming GB, Belgium, Macedonia and Lithuania to our facilities and we can't wait for the international basketball season to begin."