WORCESTER will host the first IWAS Women’s World Games next summer.

The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) are working with the University of Worcester to bring the tournament to the area.

The University of Worcester Arena, the city's Nunnery Wood Sports Complex and Malvern College will stage athletics, badminton, swimming, table tennis, para taekwondo and wheelchair fencing.

Female athletes with any physical impairment aged from 14 upwards will be welcomed for the competition from August 27 until September 3.

Mick Donovan, deputy pro vice chancellor (inclusive sport and educational development) and head of the university’s institute of sport and exercise science, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the first ever IWAS Women’s World Games to Worcester for what we are sure will be a wonderful event and one which will really capture the imagination of the local community."

The university was the first to develop a dedicated degree in disability sport coaching.

Donovan added: “The IWAS tournament represents all we stand for at Worcester, giving athletes of every physical ability the chance to come together to compete and enjoy sport.”

Around 200 people from around 30 countries are expected to come to Worcester to compete.