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.