Leeds Trinity University has been welcomed into an official partnership with the Bambisanani Partnership, a charity founded through St Mary's School Menston, which uses sport as a catalyst to promote education, health, global citizenship and leadership in one of South Africa's poorest communities.
The partnership's founder David Geldart presented Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University; and Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, with a book celebrating 10 years of the Bambisanani Partnership.
The 10-year story from 2006 to 2016 acknowledges the charity's achievements in the UK and South Africa, showing the impact that sport can have on changing lives. It includes the stories and reflections of students who have previously taken part in the programme.
Professor Margaret A House OBE said: "We are delighted that Leeds Trinity University is working with the Bambisanani Partnership. It is an exciting international volunteering opportunity for our students and will make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people in South Africa."
Thanks to the partnership, students from Leeds Trinity University will have the opportunity to visit schools in South Africa, and work with students in the classroom and on various sporting activities. Bambisanani is the Zulu word for 'working hand in hand', which reflects the partnership of the schools.
David Geldart, Chairman of the Bambisanani Partnership, said: "Leeds Trinity is a key member of the Bambisanani Partnership and has played a fundamental role in developing the work of the charity in one of South Africa's most deprived areas. This involvement reflects Leeds Trinity's vision and values of commitment to social justice and providing world class opportunities for students and staff.
"Indicative of this is the personal commitment to the partnership demonstrated by Vice-Chancellor, Professor House, and Deputy-Vice Chancellor Professor Lloyd. At a recent meeting it was a great pleasure not only to present Margaret and Ray with a copy of our latest book but also to discuss, at length, development opportunities for the future which will see more students and staff engaging in work in South Africa."
Seven students from Leeds Trinity are currently fundraising to raise money for the trip, which takes place from 9 to 24 June and will form part of the students' degrees. The students, Oorjitha Prem, Danielle Lawrence , Katherine Skelton, Hannah Page, Harriett Mackinney, Beth Ward, and Amy James will join lecturers Chris Rowley and Nicola Arjomandkhah. Look out for their updates on the Leeds Trinity news and blog pages.