England Manager Southgate raises funds to construct sports facilities in Zambia

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Olympians Adam Peaty, Mel Marshall and Rebecca Adlington, along with England Football national team manager Gareth Southgate
Olympians Adam Peaty, Mel Marshall and Rebecca Adlington, along with England Football national team manager Gareth Southgate

A number of important UK sport figures including England Manager Gareth Southgate have joined together with organisations and Wallace Group Universities to raise money for the construction of sport facilities in Zambia.

Others are Olympians Adam Peaty and Mel Marshall and participated in a netball shootout last week to kick off the #Zambia5050 campaign, which seeks to raise £50,000 for 50 hours of sport over five days.

English Netball CEO Joanna Adams and British Triathlon CEO Jack Buckner also participated in the shootout.

Marshall is a supporter of the Perfect Day Foundation, the charity that is supporting the initiative, and will lead the group that will travel to Zambia in August in hopes of raising the funds.

“On my previous visits to Zambia I have seen how valuable sport can be in enhancing the quality of life of young people who have next to nothing,” Marshall said.

“I promised myself I would return every Olympic cycle and try to raise money to give them a chance to enjoy sport and learn valuable life skills. Every donation makes such a big difference to the lives of these young people.”

Alongside Marshall, Peaty and other athletes will participate in ten hours of sport per day for five days at five different locations in Lusaka and its surrounding communities, where poverty, HIV, domestic and gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and homelessness are rampant.
”Loughborough University has given me opportunities I never dreamed were possible growing up in Uganda,” netballer Peace Proscovia told Loughborough University.

“I am just so lucky and I want to help other African girls to get the same life changing chances that I have enjoyed. There is so much talent waiting to be discovered and this initiative will bring hope to many young Zambian girls.”

This marks the 12th year of the Wallace Group Universities’ “Volunteer Zambia” project, which sends dozens of students representing the universities to coach, to build new sport facilities and to work on sports development capacity building programs across the African nation.

The Wallace Group is composed of Bath, Cardiff Met, Durham, Loughborough, Northumbria, St. Andrews and Stirling.

“We take for granted opportunities to play sport and the facilities we have in this country,” Southgate said. “Even facilities that we wouldn’t deem as good in the UK would be outstanding in countries like Zambia, so it’s important we do something about that.”

Netball, basketball, football, triathlon and volleyball were selected as the five sports that will be used to raise awareness for the campaign.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Fyonse it’s a charity case in Zambia. Dependency syndrome will never end. When are we going to be self sufficient and have the capability to refuse charity because we can do it ourselves? Zambia has been taken back 30 years by pf . Lungu is a crazy rat

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    • Good gesture.

      But who on earth is Southgate. Never heard of him.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • NEZ, you are right. It’s good to receive help sometimes but not all the time. This dependency syndrome could just be the reason why all the time we have to wait for someone to remind us that we need help. We can do better and become self reliant. Not to belittle what Gareth Southgate is doing but it is high time we learnt to stand on our two feet.

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    • Charity is a volunteer gesture and if you NEZ were human you could have done it so many times back there in Dundumwezi but because you are too stingy just like your fellow zealots in your party , it’s a tall order for you.

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  2. Muzungu has got a way of enriching himself through questionable organisations such as the one above. They will come with 100 football’s and 25 jesseys and then announce to the world that we have helped the poor in Zambia. Look at the description: homelessness, HIV, poverty etc where it is rampant.

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  3. @Munya Mafi Yakulu, what have you done for Zambia?Good initiative by the muzungu and I wish them the best as they help our people who Lungu has subjected to poverty

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  4. This is their second coming beware, slowly slowly tuleingililwa by the same pipo that brought the same “viruses” years back and are bringing new ones along – again.

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  5. THIS CHAP SOUTH FIMOFIMO WILL BE SUED FOR IMPERSONATION LIKE THE LOZI CHAP WHO PRETENDED TO BE A DC FOR NYEYEMA , THE CHAP HAD FREE ACCOMMODATION IN MONGU ENJOYED CHICKS FOR FREE BUT LATER ARRESTED AS HE IS NOT NYEYEMA DC this applies to these crooks ” England Manager Gareth Southgate or England Football national team manager Gareth Southgate” The football national team manager for england is GARRY LINEKER not this RAT, SO DONT GIVE HIM AUDIENCE OTHERWISE MUZAKAMBA BWINO MONSE KUSOGOLO

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    • When did Gary Lineker become England manager? Gareth Southgate is the current manager. He took over from the fat guy Alladyce

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  6. Eng..what? This is amazing, while masquerades are busy stealing from the poor Zambians and building mansions in Zambia and abroad, and even choking the citizens with all sor4ts of levies, taxes and tariffs, at least there are sane people out there who seem to care for the poor Zambians. Any way, the day for reckoning will surely come for all the impostors and masquerades and no one, I mean no one will escape their rightly deserved punishment.

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  7. @ANYOKO mwasebana u mean u don’t know the current England coach,plz before u comment Google some of the things than to sound stupid in public.

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  8. As much as i would support this form of help,surely where will these people contruct these facilities (assume 10) across the country for £50,000 lol. I Think we are smarter to tell whats happening here!

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