Ugandan schoolgirls get a taste of Weybridge life

Fun visit: The students from Banunle and Heathside School

Fun visit: The students from Banunle and Heathside School

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

A group of Ugandan schoolgirls enjoyed a week at a Weybridge school as part of an international festival that helps disadvantaged young people.

Year 8 pupils at Heathside School hosted girls from Banunle Primary School, Kampala, as part of the Touraid scheme.

Touraid is a charitable project using sport to provide disadvantaged children from all over the world with the opportunity to raise their aspirations and increase their confidence.

While visiting the Brooklands Lane school, from March 4 to March 15, the girls enjoyed a number of experiences including competing in tag rugby and netball tournaments, a team building day, visits to London and spending time at school participating in lessons.

Alison Shakespeare, vice-principal of Heathside School, said: “This has been a wonderful opportunity to bring students of different backgrounds and cultures together.

“The girls have formed positive friendships which we hope will endure once the tour is over. We are also actively looking for ways to support the girls on their return to Uganda.”

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