SEVEN students from Leeds Trinity University have travelled to South Africa to work with a school in one of the most deprived communities in the country.

The students, who are studying primary education, sport science or sport psychology, will join a group from St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy and the University of Leeds, as part of the Bambisanani Partnership, a collaboration between St. Mary’s and Mnyakanya High School in South Africa.

They will work with students in the classroom at Mnyakanya High School and on various sporting activities until June 24.

Oorjitha Prem, 20, a second year sport and exercise science student, said: “What I’m looking forward to most is expanding the children’s minds and their thinking about how to develop and hone their leadership and teamwork skills through sport, as well as helping those in need, making their lives easier and putting a smile on their faces, because no matter what your circumstances, everybody deserves to be happy.”

Chris Rowley, sport psychology lecturer at the Horsforth-based university said: “I am delighted that Leeds Trinity is part of the Bambisanani Partnership. It’s a fantastic partnership that shows the impact that sport can have on communities and individuals. For our students, it is an amazing volunteering opportunity where they can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in South Africa.”