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Charlie Twyman
Charlie Twyman - Politics with Economics
Sally Taylor
Sally Taylor - Biology
Jamie Thomson
Jamie Thomson - Sport & Exercise Science
Emma Godlee
Emma Godlee - Sport & Exercise Science
Aled Lloyd
Aled Lloyd - Chemistry for drug discovery
Amy Dyer
Amy Dyer - Sport & Exercise Science

Internal News - 21 February 2006

IDEALS project in Zambia

Six students from the University of Bath have been selected to visit Zambia this summer as part of the International Development Through Excellence and Leadership in Sport scheme.

The Department of Sports Development at the University is working with UK Sport and in partnership with five other universities (Stirling, Loughborough, Durham, Northumbria and UWIC) on the IDEALS in Zambia Project.

The aim of the project is to address some of the problems in Africa - such as education, economy and health issues - through sport.

The students from Bath will help out on the ground, through the delivery and coaching of sports activities to disadvantaged children.

The project will give students the opportunity to add value to their studies, enhance their global awareness and develop their leadership skills before embarking on their professional careers.

The Bath participants

Charlie Twyman is currently in the second year of his BSc in Politics with Economics. Charlie was part of a team of volunteers who set up an inter-school football competition in Togo, and coached his own squad of 30 into a ‘disciplined and respected force’. He also ran a five-a-side team at a local orphanage.

At Bath, Charlie’s main sporting passion is ‘MoLES’, his department’s table-topping football team. He also helped co-ordinate this year’s Interdepartmental Football Competition. Charlie hopes to use the Zambia project as a springboard into further, longer term development work, with a view to project management. He eventually hopes to do a masters degree in this field, but for now he simply wishes to make the Zambia project as successful as it possibly can be.

Sally Taylor is in the final year of a Biology BSc and has played for the Bath University Ladies Rugby 1st XV for three years, for which she has received University Colours. She has also represented Bath Rugby Ladies.

Sally has completed voluntary work in Africa before and knows what a rewarding experience it can be. A previous project involved giving presentations on sustainable fishing and reef management, with sports events acting as a vital means of gaining trust from the local people. Sally loves travelling, exploring new places and experiencing different cultures, and she thinks that actually making a contribution to the places she visits is a better way of seeing the world than just passing through.

Jamie Thomson is a second year Sport and Exercise Science student, and captains the University’s football 3rd team. Jamie says: ‘There is an overwhelming need for projects like this one. Sport can have a real impact on communities in poverty. I have seen this first hand in Cairo. The project aims to leave a legacy behind for future generations and I’m eager to contribute to that legacy. Working with and learning from other volunteers involved with the project is another reason I wanted to go to Zambia.’

Jamie hopes to be accepted onto the ‘teach first’ graduate scheme after he finishes his course at Bath. He is considering a career coaching or teaching abroad in underprivileged areas.

Emma Godlee is in her first year on the BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. During her gap year she worked in an outdoor activity centre in New Zealand coaching outdoor sports and leadership exercises. She also gained her yachtmaster’s qualification at 19 and has taken part in the Tall Ships race.

When Emma has completed her degree she hopes to get a job in sail training. Emma believes that sport can be a very powerful tool and she is excited about the difference the project will make for the people of Zambia.

Aled Lloyd is a first year student on the Chemistry for Drug Discovery BSc. Aled says: “This trip appealed to me as it gave me an opportunity to work with children and to help people in need. I have previously run sport based youth clubs, and also spent a month on an expedition in Ecuador last summer. As part of this expedition we spent nearly a fortnight building buildings for a village school. I felt useful there and hope to be of use in Zambia.”

Aled is a member of both the University Cricket and Hockey clubs, and is a keen rugby supporter. He enjoys hiking and camping and has almost completed his gold Duke of Edinburgh award, having completed an expedition in the Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador. Aled would like to study Medicine after his degree and has developed an interest in high altitude medicine since returning from Ecuador.

Amy Dyer is in her second year of study on the BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and is the sixth and final member of the Zambia team. Amy has always had a passion for sport and has been involved in many voluntary projects, including leading a group of schoolchildren on the Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge. Amy has played netball for several years and continues to play for the University in the BUSA league. Amy says: “Going to Zambia will allow me to share my passion and enthusiasm for sport with different people. I am very grateful for the chance to be part of such an amazing project.”

Amy is aiming to take an industrial placement next year that will build on the skills and knowledge she has gained through her degree and involvement in sport. She is also a seasoned traveller, having frequently visited Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.


The team are required to raise £12k for the project and will be looking to raise funds through a series of events including a TeamBath athlete fashion show over the coming months. Your support would be much appreciated.

For further details regarding sponsorship or donations or help with fundraising, please contact Nicky Fossey-Lewis on 01225 386713 or


The International Development Through Excellence and Leadership in Sport scheme (IDEALS) operates in partnership with the British Council and the Youth Sport Trust and aims to establish high quality and progressive projects for young people aged 18-35 from the UK and partner countries.