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Durham University

Team Durham


It’s impossible to ignore the impact student outreach has in both the North East and further afield. With over 200 students delivering sports activities in schools and the community, approximately 4000 children are offered the opportunity of high quality sports provision on site.

Unique in what we do, we work with local partners to identify and respond to community need, contributing over 16,000 hours of practical volunteer support, improving community cohesion every year.

Find out more about the Team Durham Projects you can get involved in.

The Process of Volunteering at Durham University

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Football Coaching Opportunities

Durham University are a Tier 1 FA University Grassroots Hub, which means that the university are involved a number of different football programmes in the local area. Therefore, alongside the opportunities to play football at Durham, there are also a wide range of football coaching opportunities. Find out more here.

Volunteer Zambia

Team Durham are part of a partnership group with 6 other UK universities (Edinburgh, Stirling, Cardiff, Loughborough, Northumbria, St Andrews) delivering Volunteer Zambia, this project has seen UK students, during the four summer months, each year for the past 14 years, developing sport in Lusaka Zambia. To do this we work with Zambian government, sports federations, charity organisations and most importantly Zambian volunteer coaches.

We are guided by our Zambian colleagues on how we can support and help them to grow. It is a mutually beneficial relationship as the experience our students gain from their involvement is often life changing. Recruitment is now open for VZ 2020 and we are looking for football, basketball, volleyball and netball coaches.

To apply please download the application form and email this along with your CV.

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During our time spent in Zambia we have identified areas where we can provide charitable support. We have raised funds to build sports pitches to allow the children of Zambia to play somewhere safe, one of these sports sessions takes place at Fountain of Hope, a refuge for street children. Here we have built toilets and showers, funded medical supplies and funded a food project which enables FOH to feed more than 100 street children on a daily basis. We have funded young sports participants through education, as secondary education is something only the privileged can access in Zambia.

We also provide financial support to volunteer coaches to allow them to teach hundreds of children everyday through the vehicle of sport.