Beth Thomas on her South Africa experience and representing us at university

My name is Beth Thomas, and I had the privilege of volunteering with United Through Sport (UTS) in South Africa. Let me begin by saying that this experience was truly the most life changing adventure I have ever embarked upon. The impact UTS has on the lives they serve is nothing short of incredible, and I feel immensely grateful to have been a part of their mission.

UTS is a charity organisation that offers unique international opportunities across the world. Their commitment to making a real difference in the lives of individuals and communities is commendable. From the moment I joined their programme, I knew I was becoming a part of something special.

During my time in South Africa, I witnessed first-hand the transformative power of sport and education in uplifting disadvantaged communities. UTS works tirelessly to provide opportunities for underprivileged children, using sport as a catalyst for positive change. Through their programmes, they promote physical and emotional well-being, foster personal growth, and empower individuals to overcome challenges they face.

As the Boxing Club Captain at Exeter, and part of the Athletic Union (AU), I understand the profound impact that sports can have on individuals’ lives. It is through this lens that I recognised the potential for collaboration between UTS and our university. I am now working closely with UTS to bring their life changing opportunities to more students at the University of Exeter, as well as launching a boxing programme in South Africa.

I wholeheartedly believe that partnering with United Through Sport is a remarkable chance for AU members and captains to make a real difference in the world. By collaborating with UTS, we can share their vision of using sport and education to create positive social change. The impact this partnership can have on both the student participants and the communities they serve is immeasurable. By partnering with UTS, your AU will be providing its students with more opportunities to develop their sport, their life-skills and their career prospects.

I encourage all AU members and captains to consider partnering with United Through Sport. Together, we can create a positive impact and inspire change in the lives of those who need it the most. The life changing potential of this collaboration is immense, and I am grateful to be a part of this incredible journey.

Join in supporting United Through Sport and let us make a lasting difference in the world through the power of sport and education.

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