Welcome to Sport Malawi
The award-winning Sport Malawi project is in its 7th 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 a group of staff and students go on a four-week expedition to Malawi to deliver needs based workshops and coaching sessions to local organisations, teachers and church leaders. The purpose of the workshops is to provide participants with tangible and relevant knowledge so that 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 with an assortment of valuable experiences to draw upon.
The trip is driven by an authentic desire for students at The University of Gloucestershire 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 testimonies please click here or visit the student 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 6 years later and he is sill involved and is currently the project lead. 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 PracticeI began my career degree in Fine Art which was useful in my first work role as an instructor in a day centre for people with learning disabilities. Before becoming course leader I had risen to the role of day centre manager and secured a social work qualification along the way. I use all of this knowledge and experience in my Sport Malawi role 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.