South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College pupil Rachel King coaches basketball to children in Uganda
12:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Sport
A TALENTED netballer from Pilning has recently returned from a charity trip to Uganda where she provided grassroots netball coaching to local schoolgirls as part of the Netball Development Trust (NDT) tour.
Rachel King, an A-level learner at South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College, spent almost three weeks visiting 16 schools in the towns of Mbale and Jinja in South-Eastern Uganda.
Despite the 30-degree heat, the 17-year-old provided over eight hours of netball coaching to nearly 1,000 children, many of which, had never played before.
To the delight of the children, King handed out netball kit donated by SGS College’s Netball Academy.
The coaching sessions ended with a tournament for the children to put their newfound skills into practice and have fun.
King said: “It was an amazing experience. It was hard work but seeing the talent and enthusiasm on the tournament day made it all worthwhile.
“The best part is knowing I made a difference to a child’s life by doing something as simple as teaching netball.”
The NDT is a UK-based charity that exists to deliver the game of netball at a grassroots level to girls and boys who study in primary schools. The Trust, which was founded by Monica Thandi in 2010, visits some of the least developed regions of Uganda and India.
SGS College netball coach Alii Hucker said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Rachel to experience a completely different culture.
“It’s amazing to see sport, especially netball, being used as a form of community development.
“I’m delighted that our old kit is going to good use and spreading the good name of Bristol Academy of Sport across the globe.”
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