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Leeds Trinity students taking part in Rwandan volunteering project

Posted on 24 May 2018


​​​​​Seven students from Leeds Trinity University are travelling to Rwanda, Africa, this week as part of a volunteering project with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries.

The students, who are all studying Primary or Secondary Physical Education and Sports Coaching, will be delivering cricket coaching sessions in schools and the community, and delivering cricket festival days from Friday 25 May until Saturday 9 June.

The group will work in three different provinces coaching cricket whilst integrating their sports coaching with health messages about HIV and AIDS.

Grace Spavold, a Secondary PE and Sports Coaching student at Leeds Trinity University, said: "When I heard about the opportunity to volunteer in Rwanda, I had to take the opportunity to do something that I have never done before as it may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It will enable me to develop my coaching and to learn new skills through the teaching of important health messages in a fun and sporty environment."

Jacob Reeve, a Secondary PE and Sports Coaching student at Leeds Trinity University, said: "I have never had an opportunity like this before so when it came up I jumped at the chance to go. I am going to try and make a difference to children who need it. I am also going to help raise awareness of the world-wide issue of AIDS, and hopefully touch many lives in a positive way."

The students have raised more than £700 each to take part in the project, which is part of their professional work placement, and will gain academic credits for their work.

Antonia Miles, a Graduate Trainee at Leeds Trinity University, will join the students as a mentor. She said: "The opportunity came up for a staff member to accompany the students on this trip so I had to take the chance and apply. I thought this would be an amazing experience to make a difference within Rwanda and to support the students in order for them to get the most out of the trip."

The students taking part are: Dan Bailey, Jacob Reeve, Leighton Stanger, Samantha Ashton, Molly Dowse, Olympia Agorini and Grace Spavold.

Leeds Trinity University supports the Universities UK Go International: Stand Out campaign, which aims to increase the number of students taking part in study, work and volunteer abroad placements.

Since partnering with Cricket Without Boundaries in 2013, 17 Leeds Trinity students have taken part in five trips to Africa, supporting the charity in coaching more than 8,000 students.

You can follow the students' journey through the Cricket Without Boundaries blog