The UCLan Sport for Development Project was established in 2008 by Cliff Olsson, Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Development in the School of Sport and Wellbeing.
Working in partnership with Sport in Action a project was developed underpinned by a module of work, providing undergraduates with an opportunity to study the global value and contribution sport can make towards supporting the Millennium Development Goals.
The scheme aims to actively support Sport For Development projects being delivered in some of the poorest parts of the world by agencies such as Sport in Action and Zambia-based Edusport.
The projects rely upon the goodwill of voluntary sports leaders from the compounds who work with some of the most vulnerable children in the world with only the most basic of resources, delivering key life skill messages through activities and games.
Since 2011 students have raised over £10,000 towards buying basic sports equipment and supported the building of basketball courts in local rural schools in Zambia. In addition it provided the opportunity for the local voluntary sports leaders from Zambia to come to Preston and share their skills and knowledge with local community volunteers and children from local schools.
As the UN convention stated every child should have the right to play and the money you raise could go a very long way to supporting that aim.