The Sports Development Expedition 2014 (SDX) in Tanzania was incredible one and everyone from the team enjoyed all aspect of the trip. Just before saying bye, they had something to share…..
Our trip has been incredible. A highlight of the week was handing over a whole teamÛªs football kit and equipment to Bala, the villageÛªs youth team coach.
We walked over to the pitch and the children began to jump up and down with excitement as they received the gifts. As Bala left the pitch and turned away, the smile on his face will stay with us forever. We can leave knowing that the beautiful game is safe under his guidance, and that what we have donated will be used wisely.
Also the same week we held our grand sports tournament between Mwahako and Mwakidila primary schools, which started early, but was worth it as the games began.
With the heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon, the day slowly simmered to a boiling point. This was reached at the football final, which was decided with a penalty shootout that wouldnÛªt have been out of place at Wembley stadium.
Following this, we had our final ceremony at Mwahako primary school.
Mwahako were presented with the first Tanzanian SDX Trophy, after taking first place in the volleyball and football tournaments, and Mwakadilia winning the netball.
We were also able to hand our sports equipment over to each school, which we had all collected and flown over with of on our journey to Tanzania. We hope that this will help them to continue the sporting legacy we have created here.
The SDX team was very sad to be leaving the schools, having worked so closely with so many of the pupils. We hope that this positive attitude towards sport will be continued here for many years to come.
We are all very grateful for this incredible experience and to Tanga for being so warm and welcoming. However, most of all, we have been blown away by the progress that the children have made in each sport and in such a short space of time. The childrenÛªs positive attitude and willingness to learn has been truly inspiring, and we hope that we can bring this positive outlook back home with us too.
Napenda Tanzania (Means I love Tanzania)
Words by Tom Dickinson and Bethany Hier.