Northumbria Students Bound For Zambia

Posted by Simon Rushworth

Northumbria Students Bound For Zambia

Next summer the latest team of Northumbria University Sport student volunteers will be heading to Zambia in a bid to change the lives of under-privileged African children.

For more than 10 years Northumbria has contributed to the Volunteer Zambia programme with scores of students and staff basing themselves in Lusaka to promote health and wellbeing through sport.

And the 2018 team has been selected - with fundraising already underway thanks to this month’s Christmas raffle. Buy tickets from any of the team - and get ready to meet them right here:


Hannah Dawson

•          Studying Applied Sport Exercise Science

•          3rd Year

•          Team Northumbria Boxing and Boxing Community Coach for the Northumbria Sport Foundation

•          Going to Zambia to do Sport Management and Leadership

Why me? “I am hoping to have a positive and effective lasting impression on the people that I meet and work with. An experience like this, that involves working with individuals in a place like Zambia, will make such a difference to both them and me; providing me with a great sense of achievement whilst I am out there, as well as in the months leading up to it - working with the other volunteers and also the fundraising itself.”


Lizzie Patterson

•          Studying Applied Sport Exercise Science with Coaching

•          3rd Year

•          Women’s Football 2’s Captain and Team Northumbria Intern

•          Going to Zambia to coach talent football

Why me? “I want to volunteer on the Volunteer Zambia Project as it is something I have wanted to do since starting University! I want the opportunity to change people’s lives and for them to do the same to me, as well as experiencing a different culture.”


Jack Peet

•          Studying Sport Development with Coaching

•          3rd Year

•          Going to Zambia to coach community football

Why me? “The reason I have applied for Zambia 2018 is because I see it as a great opportunity to challenge myself in a completely different environment, whilst helping to improve the lives of young people through sport. I look forward to new experiences and I’m sure I will come back a better coach but most importantly a better person!”


Iman Thomas

•          Studying Criminology and Sociology

•          3rd Year

•          Team Northumbria NSL

•          Going to Zambia to coach talent netball

Why me? “I applied for the Zambia volunteer role as I think it would be an amazing opportunity to hopefully transfer all l've learnt playing Netball into coaching and developing skills of young Zambian people!”


Rebecca Edgar

•          Studying Psychology with Sport Science

•          3rd Year

•          Team Northumbria Netball 1’s

•          Going to Zambia to coach talent netball

Why me? ”Being part of the Volunteer Zambia Project will allow me to share my passion for netball and experience the sport in a different country and allow me to see a variety of cultures and learn new skills from different coaches. It will allow me to give back to the Zambia community and also Northumbria University, which has given me so much over the last three years by being part of the fundraising journey on the road to Zambia!”


Sarah Stephenson

•          Volunteer Zambia 18 Staff Member

•          Role: Sport Service Assistant in Student & Staff Development, Northumbria Sport

Why me? “My role is to support this amazing group of students with their fundraising and training throughout the year getting them ready for Zambia! Whilst in Zambia I will be a point of support for our students and students from other Wallace Group Universities – so I will be Zambia mum to 16 students during the summer! I am most looking forward to supporting the group on their journey and seeing the positive impact they will have in Zambia. You’ll see me out and about getting involved in the team’s fundraising and also completing my own crazy challenges as part of my individual fundraising, which includes the Kielder bike challenge, Zambia Zumba, and a 27.2 trail marathon! Wish me luck!”

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