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Teacher kicks off fundraising for trip

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A young man from Wolverhampton is travelling to Africa to deliver sports coaching to underprivileged children.

Apprentice PE teacher and community sports officer Jordan Clarke, aged 20 from Ashmore Park, will work alongside 10 other young coaches at schools in Tanzania.

Each of the youngsters need to raise £2,500 to reach their target to fund the trip, which has been organised by Aspire Sports Trust, who aim to transform young people's lives through sport and physical activity.

Jordan, works at Graiseley Primary School, where children have been finding out about his forthcoming adventure.

He said: "We will be creating the curriculum ourselves, it will be interesting because the classes are so much larger in Africa sometimes up to 60 children in each one with very limited equipment, some have just two footballs.

"It will be a humbling experience to see the difference in the schools we work in compared to Africa where the situation is so different."

Jordan is no stranger to charity and community work. He is also a trustee for the Hub at Ashmore Park, something he takes pride in.

He added: "As a trustee I sit on the board, I do a lot of fundraising work and community events throughout the year.

"My mum was a trustee at The Hub before she passed away when I was 16. She was very involved in charity work so it's something I'm also passionate about.

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"We started Stuff 4 Steph in her memory which encourages people to do things for charity and this trip to Africa is continuing this work for her."

The team of volunteers are planning various fundraisers ahead of the project including a comedy night, running marathons and a charity football match.

They must meet their target by July. To donate visit virginmoneygiving.com and search for Jordan Clarke. You can follow his journey on Instagram @therealblondekid

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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