Our partnering education providers, Sports Education Development Australia (SEDA), recently undertook their first overseas project in the form of a student-driven expedition to remote communities in Cambodia.
After months of planning and fundraising, the group of eight students secured enough money to build an outdoor classroom for a school located in Krabei Riel (15kms outside of Siem Reap City).
The school project lasted for five days, with the SEDA students working alongside the local community in sweltering conditions to build the outside classroom for the 850 students and nine teachers.
And the expedition and community project work did not stop there.
The SEDA students were able to purchase 400 books, 300 pens and a new desk for the principal, while also donating two laptops for the school administration team.
In terms of the football component, meanwhile, balls, cones and bibs were donated to the school and SEDA Perth Glory student Jamie Sutton had the opportunity to run a Glory Skills and Mini Roos coaching clinic for the local school pupils.
“It was a very rewarding experience,” said Sutton. “Travelling in Cambodia and interacting with the local communities in remote areas was fantastic.
“It was a great opportunity to engage with people who are disadvantaged and do not have the basic school materials or foundations that we come to take for granted back at home in Perth.
“My personal highlight was running a soccer clinic to the school students; it is amazing that we were unable to talk in the same language, but put a football on the floor and we could communicate by playing.”
The next SEDA expedition is set to take place in 2018, with a group of students planning to travel to Vietnam.
For more details of Glory’s ongoing partnership with SEDA, click here: http://bit.ly/2hQZ1SI