My name is Andy Lockwood and I work as the Professional Development Manager within the Sport & Physical Activity team at the University of Leeds. I have worked at the University for the last seven months and I have been tasked with developing programmes link to the development of student’s skills through sport.
I arrived at the University via my previous employment as an Assistant Director of Active Fusion. Here I worked on a number of programmes designed to improve the quality and quantity of Physical Education taught in schools. I also worked on the Governments school sport programme the School Games, that role allowed me to work with a number of schools to bring competitive sport to their children. I am also a trained teacher and have taught BTEC Sport to sixth form students in the school I was based.
As you can see, Physical Education and Sport in general are extremely important to me. I was very lucky to have a PE teacher who inspired me through his excellent teaching and passion for sport. I believe that everyone deserves that chance through high quality teaching, opportunity and an instilled love for sport. These are exactly the types of qualities that I would like to pass on to any students I work with at home or abroad.
As soon as I heard about the Bambisanani project, I was instantly excited as it looked and felt like a project that shared not only my own beliefs and values but those of the service and the University.
I believe that through sport great people are developed either through playing, coaching or leading. The project focuses on students developing a range of different skills to not only inspire themselves but more importantly their peers. Sport is a great leveller; it transcends language, colour and religion and to see that in action with the excellent students from St Mary’s and the children of Mnyakanya is really exciting.
To be involved in such a project is a real honour; I am looking forward to getting stuck in and develop links with partners out in South Africa to develop our own University of Leeds programme for 2016.