Amidst all our exciting announcements we have a new story to share with you all: this year Kinetic Six are proud to be sponsoring something a little bit different. In June, Edinburgh student Josh Waley is going to join the Bhubesi Pride as a rugby coach on an expedition supporting community development in schools and community centres across five African countries.
Josh is a 22 year old student from North Yorkshire, currently in his fourth and final year at Edinburgh University studying History of Art. He is passionate about music, art, theatre and of course, sport. Having played rugby up to a good level at school, he decided to put his knowledge and skill into something worthwhile by spending his summer coaching thousands of young and enthusiastic children in Africa. So he signed up to join the Bhubesi Pride.
The Bhubesi Pride Foundation (BPF) assembles qualified and dedicated teams of volunteers (‘Pride’ members) to carry out annual coaching expeditions, supporting rugby and community development in schools and community centres in nine countries across east and southern Africa.
Working in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, their objectives are to unite communities through rugby by promoting the sport’s values and life skills, empower and up-skill local staff, nurturing both male and female community leaders and maximising sustainability and inspire long-term developmental outcomes through tangible legacy projects, alongside in-country partners.
Josh will join 39 other ‘Pride’ members in this challenge, spending four months from June to September traveling across Africa and supporting local communities.
England world cup winner and captain Phil Vickery was really excited to hear about Josh’s involvement with the project, saying “it’s amazing to witness rugby changing the lives of young people all over the world. The Bhubesi Pride Foundation sounds like an amazing initiative and I wish Josh and his fellow pride members the best of luck.”
As with all charitable project, Josh has a donation target to reach and we are proud to be supporting him towards that goal. As well as a financial donation, we have given Josh some Kinetic Six gear for him to wear on his trip.