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Sporting partnership creates worldwide benefit

(11 October 2005)

Six UK universities have come together in partnership to work on sporting projects to bring local, national and international benefits.

The universities sporting venture involves Durham, Bath, Loughborough, Northumbria, Stirling and University of Wales, Cardiff (UWIC). The initiative will see students, local communities and people overseas benefiting.

The first project, launched at the North East’s Power of Sport conference on Friday 9 September, involves the six universities working on an overseas project aimed at fostering healthier lifestyles with young people in Zambia.

Working in partnership with UK Sport through the IDEALS (International Development of Excellence and Leadership through Sport) and Sport in Action, Zambia, this first project will seek to empower the young people of Lusaka to use sport and recreation as a means to promote healthy lifestyles. One of the major focuses will be to address the primary concern of HIV and Aids.

The project aims to build on the work undertaken in Lusaka by Durham over the last two years. It is hoped that 48 students and a number of staff from Sport in Action will get the opportunity to go to Lusaka next year to work on projects fronted by the Zambian sport development team.

Dr Peter Warburton, Director of Sport at Durham University, added: “Working with the Sport in Action team over the last two years has been a hugely inspirational experience. We have a considerable amount to learn from the work being done by their team and this new partnership will also have a great deal to contribute to their ongoing development work."

For more information on the Power of Sports Conference, visit www.easm2005.com

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