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TOGETHER IN SPORT, RWANDA DONATION

Trans World Educational Experiences were delighted to make our first donation to our fantastic charity partner, Together in Sport Rwanda (TISR), last week with a £1500 contribution.

The money was raised from all Trans World trips running between October and January, with a percentage of the cost of each trip being donated to TISR.

Together in Sport Rwanda is an amazing charity that uses the power of sport to foster health, well-being and community cohesion in rural Rwanda. Trans World donates a percentage of every student’s fee to support the charity’s food programme at the Hope and Faith Academy in Bugasera. The goal in year one is to provide one hot meal to all 500 students every school day by the end of 2017, providing the energy needed to take part in sports.

Kari Spence, founder of Together in Sport Rwanda, said the partnership was “game changing” for the charity. She said it “gives us the oxygen we need to scale up our support for the children and their families at the Faith and Hope Academy.”

Scott Macfarlane, UK Director of Trans World Educational Experiences, was thrilled to present Together in Sport with the first donation of the partnership. “Our purpose at Trans World is to build global citizens of tomorrow through our world-class travel experiences. The new partnership with Together in Sport is an important part of our future strategy and we want to take our customers with us on this journey – students and teachers will directly contribute to the cause simply by travelling on a school trip.

He continued: “A huge thank you must go to every school, club, teacher, student and parent who has helped make this donation possible. Without their support and loyalty we would not have been able to donate such a sizeable sum.”

 

The donation was made with thanks to:

Kirkcaldy High School Stranraer Academy
KIlwinning Academy Craigmount High School
Douglas Ewart High School Bathgate Academy
Forrester High School Knox Academy
Beath High School Dunfermline High School
Holyrood High School Bellsquarry Primary School
Williamston Primary School

 

To find out more about Together in Sport Rwanda, visit http://www.togetherinsportrwanda.org/ or call +44 (0) 131 510 1008.

 

**Trans World Educational Experiences is supporting Together in Sport – Rwanda’s food programme. A percentage of every child’s fee on a Trans World school trip contributes to the cause. The aim in year 1 is to feed 500 school children every school day, with the school sports travel aiming to donate £10,000 to the charity in the next 12 months.**

TOP 5 TIPS FOR GETTING IN TO THE SPORTS INDUSTRY

Having been a part of the Trans World Soccer team for over a year now, there are a few recurring questions that seem to always come up on the trips. The most common of which is “how did you get your job” or sometimes the slightly more pro-active kids go for “can I come and work for you”. It always breaks my heart to inform the pupils on the trip that it’s not as simple as some of them would like, and in fact the sports industry is one of the most competitive there is.

With this in mind the staff at TWS have pulled together our top 5 tips as to what we feel are essential to getting involved in the sports industry, and hopefully into a job that you love. Get your pen and paper ready….

 

1.GET INVOLVED IN COACHING

Here’s where you can sign up http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_football.cfm?page=3616

 

2.VOLUNTEERING GOES A LONG WAY

Whilst working for no pay sounds like a terrible idea, you’d be amazed at how much employers love to see someone with relevant experience. Even if you can only manage one day a month, it’s going to go a long way in the long term and might be what separates your C.V  from someone else’s. Here’s a couple of great football charities you could be helping out now –  www.footballaid.com & http://www.streetsoccerscotland.org/

 

3.DON’T FORGET ABOUT UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE

With such a competitive job market in the sports industry, employers are now seeking those with degrees & can easily discount you if you don’t have one. Scotland has a number of great sports courses ranging from coaching and development to business and management. Check out some of the top rated courses here:http://www.whatuni.com/degrees/courses/degree-courses/sports-science-degree-courses-scotland/m/scotland/r/9083/page.html#

 

4.USE YOUR NETWORK

One thing you’ll find is that the sports network is actually very small and everyone knows everyone. So use your contacts to your advantage, it may be your P.E teacher, football coach or even someone’s older sibling you talk to. Don’t be scared to ask for advice or how they got to where they are, it could be just the advice or motivation you need. There’s nothing more flattering for an adult than to have someone seek their advice & opinion – use this to your benefit.

 

5.EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING

When I started out on my working life when I was 17, I ended up working in retail in a clothes shop …. not exactly the dream sports job I’d imagined. What I did find was the experience of working in such a fast paced, customer orientated environment did, was give me lots of transferrable skills that I could bring to any job. So when I was in my first ever interview for a sports related job I actually found it was my customer service & communication skills that they were interested in, not my ability to bend in a free kick from 30 yards.

 

We hope these tips help those of you that are interested in getting involved in the best industry in the world. Sport is big business and with that comes big competition to get involved and be the best at what you do. Use these simple tips to get yourself on the ladder and who knows where in the world you could end up.