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Leah and the Wallace Group in Zambia

By Saints Netball, Aug 18 2018 09:38PM

This Summer as part of the Wallace Group in Zambia, our president Leah Allcock has been working with children to promote sports in schools and communities. Leah says,

"Volunteering the last 6 weeks with the Volunteer Zambia project has been an eye opening experience. Although I have several years coaching experience the atmosphere and attitude towards netball in Zambia is totally different, in the best possible way. The children out here come to play in huge numbers (60 girls to a court) in their school uniforms and flip flops- or crocs- and play their hearts out in the dust and sun of the netball community hubs! Ask 50 UK children to do the same and I'm not sure how well they'd react. Whilst being out in Zambia I've been able to teach peer leaders new coaching methods and see the way it's had an immediate impact on the girls ability to understand and implement new skills. But I've also learned so much in my time at Mtendere about work ethic and positivity in the face of poverty and lack of opportunity. I'm sure I'll never have an experience to rival this project and the lessons I've learned (and hopefully those I've taught) will be imprinted in my memory for the rest of my life."

We are so proud of Leah and the whole team and the impact they are having upon the lives on many children cannot be downplayed. If you want to find out more about the project or how you can get involved then check out the Saints sport website

Here are some of Leah's pictures of her trip so far and I think the smiles on everyone's faces says it all!

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