Daniel Blenkinsop, 25, member of Edinburgh-based rugby club Lismore will shortly embark on a three month rugby coaching project in Ghana.
His project, in partnership with Lismore Rugby Club, ProjectsAbroadPro and the Central/Western Ghana Rugby Association will provide a unique opportunity for him to help the sport develop in an area where it’s not so well established.
Based primarily in Cape Coast in the south-west of the country, the placement involves working for a local rugby academy, delivering coaching sessions to nearby clubs and schools, and promoting rugby in the region.
Daniel leaves on the Monday 20 August and will work with the dedicated, rugby mad coaches at the local academy.
“I know this is going to be a huge challenge” he said. “I have a long history of youth work with Lismore, an ocean-going sail-training charity, and the Boys’ Brigade, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge.
I’m so excited to see how I manage in a different environment, and I fully expect that I shall be doing just as much learning as those I have the chance to coach.”
“I know how constructive a pastime my sport is. I was lucky enough to play in teams with a huge esprit de corps from a young age, and I look forward to spreading that message far and wide with the help of all those supporting me. The people of Ghana have such big hearts; I really hope that I’m able to repay their kindness in some measure.”
Daniel’s project is on a voluntary basis, and is not without financial cost. One cannot embark on such a project alone. He continued: “All those supporting me have been great! From logistical and medical advice, to financial assistance and publicity, all help is greatly appreciated.”
Lismore are providing kit for his adventure and a huge measure of support and goodwill and his fundraising cause has been greatly boosted by a very kind donation from Scottish Rugby of a Scotland rugby top, signed by members of the national squad. He concluded: “The donation from Scottish Rugby is greatly received. I must also mention the kind people who will be welcoming me into their home for the duration of my three month stay.”
If you would like to know more about Daniel’s trip, or if you would like to get involved in any way, please contact him direct, by email at [email protected]