Third-year Kenneth, also studying Sports Studies, taught basketball and netball to local children. He said: “The children have benefitted both in skill and emotional development. I noticed a great improvement in the young students who routinely attended the training sessions during our time there. I am very confident that their rate of improvement will be sustained with continued coaching.”
He added: “I believe the greatest benefit of this experience, for me, was the broadening of my perspective. Through seeing the great difference in culture, it has made me a more understanding and socially-aware individual.”
Ms Beattie said: “The aim of the Wallace Group programme is to inspire and educate children through sport and leadership. It is a great experience for the children, getting involved in sport while learning about different cultures.
“It also gives our students the opportunity to experience different cultures, while developing their coaching skills in a challenging environment.
“Stirling is proud to be playing a key role in this important programme which – after 12 years – continues to make a tangible difference to young lives in Zambia.”
The process for selecting students to participate in the programme involves an initial application and then a follow-up interview.
Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at Stirling, Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, visited Zambia earlier this summer to see the work of the programme first-hand.