SEVEN students from Leeds Trinity University are in Rwanda as part of a two-week volunteering project with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries.

The students, who travelled out on May 15, will be giving cricket coaching sessions in schools and the community, working in three different provinces. They are supporting the charity’s mission to spread cricket through coaching children and in teaching adults how to coach, as well as bringing communities together and incorporating HIV/AIDS awareness messages into sessions.

Before setting off Henrik Bader, a secondary PE and sports coaching student, said: “I’ve always wanted to travel and experience working abroad, and this trip is the perfect opportunity to experience different cultures and lifestyles. What I’m looking forward to most is working with the children and putting a smile on their face, while having a positive impact on them and spreading positive messages to them.”​

He added: “I feel really excited about flying out and am looking forward to what will happen when we’re out there and creating good memories.”

Leeds Trinity University was the first university to partner with CWB in 2013, presenting an opportunity for the university to engage in global citizenship in Africa and to carry out fundraising and volunteering initiatives.

Sarah Todd, sports development manager at the university said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Cricket Without Boundaries again this year and taking seven students out to Rwanda. The students will be coaching cricket with an emphasis on promoting vital positive health messages across the community.

“We’re all really excited to be heading out to Rwanda and we’ll be keeping everybody up to date via our daily blog.”

A total of 24 Leeds Trinity students have been involved in the partnership, which is now in its seventh year. They have helped to give health awareness messages through sport, coaching more than 8,000 children and training more than 150 coaches.

The students on this year’s trip are Sam Ashton, Jessica Bambrough, Meg Slater, Chloe Crook, Abbi Jones, Henrik Bader and Tyler Kershaw.

Since it was formed in in 2005 CWB has become one of the world’s leading Cricket Development charities.