University Making a Difference in Malawi

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Staff and students from the University of Gloucestershire are aiming to provide brighter futures through Sport Malawi.

The award-winning educational and development initiative was launched in 2008 and this year’s team of 12 students and two staff are currently in the city of Mzuzu, in Northern Malawi.

They are delivering Sports Coaching and Leadership workshops helping local teachers, coaches and youth workers understand how they can use the positive benefits of sport to support the development of their communities.

Every year, staff and students from the University set off on a four week expedition to deliver sports and coaching sessions through local organisations, teachers and church leaders. It uses sport to reach and educate people on issues of gender equality, poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The project won Gold at the prestigious London 2012 Games-inspired Podium Awards.

Ben Moreland, Course Leader in Sport Development, has been organising this year’s trip and said: “The team has safely touched down and finished their first week of coaching delivery. They have been extremely well received and comments from the leader of the sports council in the northern region included, this was a really interesting and helpful workshop and we hope that sport Malawi continues their delivery to help our development. The team are currently preparing for the next week of delivery to local teachers, to help increase the value of physical education within the curriculum.”

The team return on July 12 and Dr Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “They are doing an absolutely fantastic job and I am really proud of them.”

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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