Welcome to Sport Malawi
The award-winning Sport Malawi project is in its 11th year and is centered upon a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and significant agencies within sport, education and development in Malawi, South East Africa.
Each year and over a four week period, a group of staff and students deliver needs based workshops and coaching sessions to local organisations, teachers and church leaders in Malawi. The purpose of the workshops is to provide participants with tangible and relevant knowledge so they can reach and educate on issues that have been affecting wellbeing and quality of life for people in Malawi, such as gender equality, poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Students who come on the trip are from a variety of courses ranging from Law and Educational Studies to your more conventional Sports based courses. This diversity is not only acts as a catalyst for student learning, but also provides the Malawians who engage with and attend the workshops, an assortment of valuable experiences to draw upon.
The trip is driven by an authentic desire for all those involved to increase their understanding of the world we live in and to begin to see how their actions can both positively and negatively impact the lives of others. To hear some student and participant testimonies please visit the testimony page.
Lecturer in Placements and Outreach
Ben is a University of Gloucestershire Graduate and was first involved in the Sport Malawi Project in 2009. Flash forward 10 years later and he is still involved and is currently part of the Project Leadership Group. He is very interested in sports relationship with development, being very keen to ensure it is used responsibly through the project.
Course Leader - FdSc Health and Social Care Practice & FdSc Mental Health Practice
Mark has been part of the Project for Over 10 years and is part of the Projects Executive Team. He began his career with a degree in Fine Art which was useful in his first work role as an instructor in a day centre for people with learning disabilities. Before becoming Course Leader he had risen to the role of day centre manager and secured a social work qualification along the way. Mark has recently completed his Masters by Research that was focussed on the role mentoring plays in the lives of community workers in Northern Malawi. Mark uses all of this knowledge and experience in the delivery of Sport Malawi in order to ensure our practice is effective.
Joe has been on the Chaplaincy team since 2012, when he graduated with a B.A in Performing Arts. He became a Christian whilst he was studying at Oxstalls, and so knows what it is like to work on the campus both as a Christian and an Atheist. Joe has been involved in the Sport Malawi project for the past 4 years and is an integral member of the everyday running of the project.