Kate on ball to help kids

Kate Stephenson, 20, from Philadelphia who is a qualified football coach and is going to South Africa for a month to help youngsters.

Kate Stephenson, 20, from Philadelphia who is a qualified football coach and is going to South Africa for a month to help youngsters.

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A STUDENT is hoping to use her sporting skills to help transform the lives of poor pupils in Africa.

Kate Stephenson, 20, is gearing up to take a month-long trip to Durban next month to help poverty-stricken pupils in South Africa.

The sports and exercise science student was inspired to help after taking a trip to the country a few years ago when she was shocked by the abject poverty the people lived in.

Kate, of Philadelphia, said: “I have been there twice to visit a friend and I realised how little they have.

“There were children on the streets playing football with bottles. I wanted to play football myself and asked them if there was a football and found out the reason they were playing with bottles was because there is only one football in the whole village.

“When we eventually got the football, it was ruined. I visited some schools and they didn’t have any sports facilities or coaching. There were girls playing netball with oranges.

“I realised that something as small and insignificant as sport can help a community and people.

“I wanted to give back to South Africa for being so helpful to me.”

The Leeds Metropolitan student, who wants to be a PE teacher, plans on taking sports equipment with her and will spend the four weeks coaching youngsters in schools to provide sports education.

But the kind-hearted student needs funding to help her buy the equipment and ship it over.

Kate said: “I think this will help me professionally with my career, but the personal satisfaction of being able to help those less fortunate than myself will be amazing.”

Kate will go on her trip on August 20. Anyone who is able to help her can contact her by emailing kate_s@live.co.uk. To donate cash to the cause, visit Paypal secure website www.gofundme.com/sasportscoaching2011

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DURBAN is South Africa’s second largest city.

It is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa and is one of the major centres of tourism because of the warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.

The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 4.5million.