A group of our students are preparing to go to Zambia to teach school children sports skills that they can also use to improve their lives.
The students are part of an annual cohort of young people from across the UK which volunteers through the International Development Through Excellence & Leadership in Sport (IDEALS) project run by UK Sport and The Wallace Group Universities.
Sports Coaching student Ibrahim Abou El Fadl, and Emily Nicholls, who is studying Coach Education & Sports Development, will be among the first group of students who will go to Zambia on Sunday (3 June).
Thomas Browne, also studying Coach Education & Sports Development, and Biology student Steph Gubas, will join a second cohort of students going on the six-week placement in August.
While out there they will be working with local schools coaching children in sports and also raising awareness of HIV.
The group is currently raising the £5,500 it needs to fund the trip which it has done through events such as cake sales, a five-a-side fusal games and UV table tennis.
Emily said: “A lot of Coach Education & Sports Development students have been out to Zambia as part of the IDEALS project and all had a great experience and many are still involved. I wanted to take part to offer the skills I have and also to do something to improve the lives of the children.”
Ibrahim added: “One of the main aims of the project is to raise awareness of HIV and teach the young people skills that they can apply to their life to looking after their health. It will be great to coach the children of Zambia, and to leave a lasting impact of sport for many years to come.”
Sport & Social Science student Jordan Kenny has already taken part in the project and will be returning to Zambia this year as a Team Leader, helping to coordinate more than 60 students from the UK.
Jordan, who will be in Zambia for four months said he loved every minute of the volunteering he did last year.
He said: “There are a lot of challenges involved in going to Zambia, one of which was the language difference, but when you are there you learn as you go along. Another is overcoming the stereotypes of Africa as when I got there I found that it wasn’t as I expected.”