United Through Sport visit Dulwich College

After a year of planning, it was very exciting to finally welcome fourteen boys and two staff from United Through Sport for a ten day cultural, educational and sporting experience. The charity transforms lives through sport, promoting physical and health education for thousands of pupils from the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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7th November 2019 — After a year of planning, it was very exciting to finally welcome fourteen boys and two members of staff from United Through Sport for a ten day cultural, educational and sporting experience. The charity transforms lives through sport, promoting physical and health education for thousands of pupils from the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The boys lived in the homes of Dulwich College boys during their ten day stay where they enjoyed family life – one boy told the leader of the trip how much he’d enjoyed his “mum’s” pancakes. It was difficult to measure the value of this experience alone, but the tears shed as goodbyes were said, perhaps suggested just how much this aspect of the trip had meant to them.

During their visit, the United Through Sport team enjoyed attending some academic lessons and assemblies, one of which gave Nick Mould, charity director, an opportunity to address Year 8 pupils on the work his charity delivers and how this relationship may provide future opportunities for Alleynians. A very full itinerary included the opportunity to listen to an organ recital from Thomas Trotter in Christ’s Chapel, a visit to Arsenal Football Club with a game against their community team, tickets to a Premier League match (CPFC v Norwich), the chance to meet and watch the Crystal Palace U23s train, a tournament against City Heights, Kingsdale, Charter North and East Schools, and two 11-a-side matches against Dulwich College's U13s and Alleyn’s School. Many of London’s major tourist attractions were visited.

It was a privilege to be a part of this experience and the pupils of Dulwich College hope it is only the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with United Through Sport.

Dulwich College (Boys 11-18) is a day and boarding school in South East London.

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