Thursday, 1 May 2014

Students set for Zambia trip

SSTO undergraduates were invited to BBC Radio Lancashire's studios to discuss their upcoming trip to Zambia.

Katie Pattenden and Lauren Parkinson were joined by Media student Michael Jackson on John Gillmore's afternoon show to talk about the UCLan Sport for Development Project.

Working in partnership with Sport in Action, Senior Lecturer Cliff Olsson created the project in 2008 to provide students with an opportunity to study the global value and contribution sport can make towards supporting the Millennium Development Goals.

The scheme aims to actively support Sport For Development projects being delivered in some of the poorest parts of the world by agencies such as Sport in Action and Zambia-based Edusport.

The projects rely upon the goodwill of voluntary sports leaders from the compounds who work with some of the most vulnerable children in the world with only the most basic of resources, delivering key life skill messages through activities and games.

Around 30 students from the Sports Coaching & Development, Sports Studies and Media programmes will travel to Zambia to work at a variety of schools with children aged 3-16.

The trio are all making return visits after taking part in the 2013 trip. Katie commented: "We're looking forward to going back into the community, they are so welcoming and happy to see you. To be doing something the kids want to be doing and are happy doing is a change from here. It makes it worth going out there."

Since 2011 students have raised over £10,000 towards buying basic sports equipment and supporting the building of basketball courts in local rural schools in Zambia. In addition the project provided the opportunity for the local voluntary sports leaders from Zambia to come to Preston and share their skills and knowledge with local community volunteers and children from local schools.

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