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Sport in Action Zambia


Sport in Action is a non-government funded project based around the development of sport. The Sport in Action Zambia Team has ten full-time staff fronted by an Executive Director, Clement Chileshe, with additional volunteer support recruited from the communities. Their strategy covers sport development and social development through sport.

About the Project

The project formed in 2005 in a unique union between a UK Sport initiative and a selection of UK Universities who collectively make up the Wallace Group (the Universities of Stirling, UWIC, Bath, Durham, Loughborough and Northumbria). A collaborative community centred strategy shapes a series of continually evolving projects which support empowerment and development on a local level. The partnership selects and trains specialist sports and media students from the six universities who travel out to Lusaka, (the capital of Zambia) where they spend the Summer weeks working with local volunteers, organising and delivering school PE lessons, community sports programmes, festivals of sport and health awareness workshops within the deprived areas of the city’s compounds. All of these areas of delivery are underpinned with education on HIV/AIDS, children's rights, alcohol and substance abuse. The life-skills learnt through this assist in empowering young people in Zambia to use sport and recreation as an outreach tool for communication, prevention, peer education on HIV/AIDS and the promotion of healthy life styles.

Through the provision of sport, The International Development Through Excellence Leaders and Sports (IDEALS) Project aims to focus on the positive impact that sport can have upon impoverished communities, which are often affected by high levels of unemployment, crime, exclusion and many health risks, including HIV and AIDS. By encouraging children and young people to attend sessions, it is hoped that sport can be used as a medium to develop motivation, self-development and self reliance and help improve the quality of their lives.This innovative, ground breaking partnership has the potential to dramatically impact on the lives of thousands of young people living in and around Lusaka, as well as providing a life changing experience for the UK students taking part who will themselves be the leaders of tomorrow.

For more information contact:

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