Nile Robbins, Stirling - 2016
Chipata is an incredible placement. The six weeks I have spent here have been amazing, some of the best weeks of my life. A large part of this is due to my placement.
Chipata is one of the few placements where you only coach at one school. Although some would argue this can be a limitation I believe it to be a strength because it allows you to really get to know the children and the school you are working in. It is one of the most chaotic environments to work in with children constantly running through your sessions and usually at least fifty children hanging around. This can create issues at times but also makes every day different, exciting and challenging.
Like every placement there are issues that need to be faced but these are the obstacles that drive the project forward and overcoming them is one of the things that makes this project so valuable in improving Zambian sport. Chipata is an excellent
learning opportunity for any
coaches keen to throw themselves into Zambian culture. The five day a week schedule makes it one of the most demanding placements but also one of the most rewarding.
I guarantee if you come to Chipata you will have one of the best experiences of your life and will leave a better coach and a better person.