The Wallace Group was formed in 2004 and today comprises seven of the top ‘sport’ universities from the United Kingdom:
- University of Durham
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Loughborough University
- University of Northumbria
- University of St Andrews
- University of Stirling
- University of Edinburgh
The University of Bath supports our work with a parallel sports facilities construction programme.
The group has shared a commitment to support the development of sport in Zambia through the Volunteer Zambia project.
‘Volunteer Zambia‘ is a collaboration between these leading UK ‘sport’ Universities.’ Through it we have developed strong working relationships with a number of external organisations, including UK Sport, England Netball, our official charity Volunteer Zambian Foundation, our key Zambian partner, the NGO Sport in Action and the Zambian government.
“The idea of an international sports volunteering programme was first proposed in 2004 by Peter Warburton (Dean of Experience, Durham University), as a way of engaging and bettering the sport community in Lusaka, Zambia. This led to the creation of a partnership between 6 universities in 2006, now known as the Wallace Group, funded by the UK sport IDEALS programme. In this same year, a small team of volunteers set out to build relations and volunteer alongside the Zambian NGO, Sport In Action.
This initial sports volunteering programme continued for a number of years, growing from the positive feedback from its students and subsequent funding from UK Sport and the London 2012 legacy program through it’s sport charitable arm, International Inspirations.
In 2011, the University of St Andrews joined the group, following 2 years working independently in Zambia with Sport in Action.
In 2017, the University of Edinburgh joined the group, whilst Bath University withdrew from our sport development work to enable them to concentrate on a parallel, and complimentary programme, focussing on the development and construction of sustainable community sports facilities in Zambia.
Following 12 successful years of the UK Sport IDEALS Project, the programme was rebranded as Volunteer Zambia in 2017. “