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Seven students from Leeds Trinity University are travelling
to Rwanda, Africa today (Wednesday 15 May), as part of a two-week volunteering
project with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB).
Most of the students taking part in the volunteering
project are studying Primary or Secondary Physical Education and Sports
Coaching, and will be joined by Film student Tyler Kershaw, who will be making
a documentary of the trip.
During the trip, the students will be delivering cricket
coaching sessions in schools and the community, working in three different
provinces and supporting CWB’s mission to:
- spread cricket through
coaching children and teaching adults how to coach;
- incorporate HIV/AIDS
awareness messages into coaching sessions; and
- bring together and
empower local communities through cricket.
Henrik Bader, a Secondary PE and Sports Coaching student at
Leeds Trinity University, said: “I’ve always wanted to travel and experience
working abroad, and this trip is the perfect opportunity to experience
different cultures and lifestyles. What I’m looking forward to most is working
with the children and putting a smile on their face, while having a positive
impact on them and spreading positive messages to them.”
He added: “I feel really excited about flying out and am looking
forward to what will happen when we’re out there and creating good memories.”
Leeds Trinity University
was the first university to partner with CWB in 2013, presenting an opportunity
for the University to engage in global citizenship in Africa and to carry out
fundraising and volunteering initiatives.
Sarah Todd, Sports
Development Manager at Leeds Trinity University will be joining the students as
a mentor. She said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Cricket Without
Boundaries again this year and taking seven students out to Rwanda. The
students will be coaching cricket with an emphasis on promoting vital positive
health messages across the community.
“We’re all really
excited to be heading out to Rwanda and we’ll be keeping every up to date via
our daily blog!”
Now in its seventh year,
24 students have been involved in the partnership, helping to deliver health
awareness messages through sport, coaching
more than 8,000 children and training over 150 coaches. This year the students
on the trip include: Sam Ashton, Jessica Bambrough, Meg Slater, Chloe Crook,
Abbi Jones, Henrik Bader and Tyler Kershaw.
You can follow the students' journey through the Cricket Without Boundaries blog.