Sporting aid from Zambia

Saviour Bwalya and Shadrick Kaputa, from Zambia Sport in Action, during their visit to Corpus Christi

Saviour Bwalya and Shadrick Kaputa, from Zambia Sport in Action, during their visit to Corpus Christi

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Sports-Savvy youngsters from Preston schools have been extending their knowledge and picking up a few extra tips.

Zambian sports coaches have been in the city teaching schoolchildren about traditional African games as part of an annual exchange project with the University of Central Lancashire.

Six Zambian sports coaches are in the city for the second year in a row as part of the Zambian Leaders Exchange Project, in partnership with UK Sport International under the International Community Coaching system.

They spent a week in Preston working with UCLan sports coaching students, Preston City Council Sports Development and local schools in a bid to share best-practice ideas on coaching at community level and ways to engage with young people through sport.

Pupils and students from Corpus Christi Catholic Sport College and Preston College also spent a day with the African coaches learning about traditional African games.

Cliff Olsson, a senior lecturer from the School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors at UCLan, has helped to co-ordinate the project.

He said: “We want to continue building our relationship with coaches from the Zambian Leaders Exchange Project, which allows for a reciprocal sharing of best-practice with community coaches in Preston.

“This project is all about coaching at a community level and discussing ideas on the best ways to do this. It ties in with the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games to increase sport participation across the globe and consider the contributions it can make to improving life quality.”

During the visit UCLan hosted a one day seminar centred on the International Community Coach Education System Initiative, bringing the Zambian coaches together with local community coaches and sports development managers together.

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