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Lecturers develop placement opportunities in South Africa

Posted on 19 June 2017


Two lecturers from Leeds Trinity University will travel to South Africa this week, to develop placement opportunities for second-year Sports students next year.

Primary Education lecturer Diane Maguire and Sport Psychology lecturer Chris Rowley will join a group of staff and students from St. Mary's Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy, as part of The Bambisanani Partnership; a collaboration between St. Mary's Menston and Mnyakanya High School in South Africa.

Chris said: "We offer work placements for all of our students during their first and second years at Leeds Trinity, and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to participate in something very special. We're looking forward to exploring the possible projects our students' could get involved in, and we're proud to be contributing to the sustainability of this partnership."

Diane and Chris will fly to Durban in South Africa on Wednesday 21 June, before spending 10 days working with children and teachers at the high school and orphanage in the remote area of KwaZulu-Natal. Thanks to donations from colleagues and friends, they are taking a number of sports shirts, plimsolls, revision guides and story books to donate to the children.

Diane said: "Bambisanani is well-established and brings together two very different schools using the power of sport and physical activity. I know this trip will enrich and further enhance the work we do at Leeds Trinity University to develop global learning and embed a world view in our courses, and I'm delighted to be supporting the partnership."

The Bambisanani Partnership was launched in 2006 to develop an equitable, sustainable and effective partnership for the mutual benefit of both communities and beyond.

It is hoped that student placements to support the partnership will begin in June 2018.

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