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Charity brings girls’ rugby festival to University of Surrey

Surrey Business School and Surrey Sports Park welcomed schoolchildren from Africa and the Guildford area for a girls’ rugby festival this week, in collaboration with local employer Allianz (AMOS).

The touraid U13 Girls Festival has brought two groups of 10 girls – one from Kenya, one from South Africa – to the UK for a week of drama, dance, music and a festival of rugby. After linking up with their respective host schools, Ripley Court and Danes Hill, the groups visited the University for the day on 7 October.

While at Surrey Business School, the girls participated in a variety of activities including a business simulation hosted by Surrey MBA Director, Dr Kerry Sullivan. They then moved on to Surrey Sports Park for a rugby session hosted by Premiership Rugby.

touraid is a charity that brings disadvantaged children to the UK, with the aim of providing long-term social and economic benefits by creating sustainable links with schools and clubs in the UK.

touraid CEO and Surrey MBA alumnus Andy Berry commented: “It has long been touraid’s aim to give girls the same opportunities as we have afforded boys since 2006. The challenges facing these girls are beyond description and, as they are from very humble backgrounds, they have little support to meet such challenges. We fully expect that, upon their return, they will become the catalysts to changing attitudes in their communities.

“The day at Surrey Business School and the Surrey Sports Park was a highlight that we hope will inspire the girls as well as those at the University.”

The charity has organised over 58 previous tours, resulting in economic and educational benefits for the children involved and for the wider community. By allowing the girls to play a sport they enjoy, as well as travel and experience different cultures, the tour aims to raise the self-esteem of those involved and develop a new optimism in the region via the youth leaders, role models and mentors it creates.

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