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Sports Equipment for African Children Appeal 12 January 2007

The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) recently raised awareness of third world countries notably Zambia that are desperately short of sports equipment. The impact that sport can have on third world communities is being used in Zambia to tackle issues such as poverty, crime, aids and social inclusion. Some children in Zambia have never seen any sports equipment in their lives. The ISRM organised the collection of used sports equipment donated mainly by the public, through leisure centres in the UK (as collection points) and managed to fill a 44 ton lorry. This was shipped out to Zambia and is now being used by organisations such as “Go Sisters,” the largest female sports movement in Zambia and “Sport in Action Zambia”.

Sport has helped develop skills such as teamwork and leadership, and at the same time has brought communities together, reducing violence and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The Isle of Man Project

The NSC is co-ordinating an Isle of Man based collection and shipment of sports equipment from the Island to Zambia. Our aim is again, to fill a 44 ton lorry of used and new sports equipment, and ship it out to Zambia. The equipment will then be used by children in structured sports programmes. The equipment will mainly be used by children living in extreme poverty, living in remote rural villages. One of the organisation’s that will benefit from the donation is “Sport in Action”- Zambia. For further information on the project contact Carl Glover, Project Co-ordinator on 688586.

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