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Meet the Team heading to Zambia

​​Alex Ratcliff - Sports Broadcasting MA

I am a 22-year-old sports broadcasting master's student with a passion for videography and content creation. I'm also a fan of all sports with a particular interest in football.

As soon as I heard of Volunteer Zambia I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. The ability to use the skills I have learned as a videographer and editor to help showcase such an important project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm excited to experience the Zambian culture and be part of such an amazing project.

Natalia-Mia Roach - Students' Union President & Sport Science Graduate

I love playing rugby and supporting local sports teams throughout the week. Also, enjoy anything adventure-based!

I wanted to join Volunteer Zambia, having seen it for the last 3 years I felt this year was my time to apply and experience sport in a different environment. Not only to help others reach their goals but to help tackle the barriers faced in sport and develop as a player/coach myself.

Natalia Mia-Roach  

Jude Williams - Sport, PE and Health Bsc

Alongside my studies, I coach two teams within the Cardiff Met Archers Basketball Academy, U8s and U12s. I also play for the BUCS3 Men's team so as you can tell basketball takes up most of my free time!

I applied to Volunteer Zambia and the role of Basketball Development Officer because of the belief I have in sports as a tool for change. Not only basketball but sports in general has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember so to have an opportunity like this to share my passion with those less fortunate than us is a no-brainer. The thing I'm looking forward to most is the chance to experience a culture so different to our own and to make an impact that lasts long after we return home.

Robin Bridgman - BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

I am involved with Open Campus and the aquatics department through my course placements, as well as being employed as a recreational assistant, assistant swimming teacher and junior coach.

I'm an ambitious person with a passion for sports. I played a range of sports when I was younger, mainly football. I currently play football 6-a-side but would love to join an 11-a-side team again after my degree. I also enjoy going to the gym, playing video games, and watching sports.

I've always been interested in stepping outside my comfort zone and exploring the world and different cultures. When I became aware of the Zambia project, I knew it was something I wanted to do as I could experience the world while positively impacting people's lives. I look forward to getting to know new people and cultures and seeing the positive impact I can make on people from challenged communities.

Robin Bridgeman

Matthew Purdy - MSc Sport Broadcast

I'm a 25-year-old master's student with a passion for sport, travel and telling stories. During my undergrad at Cardiff Met, I studied Sport Coaching, and was lucky enough to study abroad in Long Beach, California as part of my course! I love all things football, and currently coach in the Cardiff Met academy, working with the u15s. I've now moved into the production and filmmaking space, creating content for the university's media channel Cardiff Met Sport TV.

Having previously studied abroad with Cardiff Met, I'm eager to once again be setting off across the world with a great group of people. I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons and making a difference in so many people's lives, making incredible memories as I go.  I can't wait to get started capturing the amazing work Volunteer Zambia does!

Matthew Purdy

​Katie Marshall-Gamston - Student Recruitment Manager

In my role I work with students daily, I am excited to be part of the team heading out to Zambia to experience an amazing student life opportunity at Cardiff Met. 

I have chosen to take part in the volunteer Zambia project as I want to support students in life-changing activities for communities in Zambia. I am excited to take on the challenge that will have a big impact on communities living in Zambia, knowing that staff and students from Cardiff Met will have a sustained impact is important.


Emma Manning – Open Campus Coordinator

As an Aussie I fit my stereotype, I’m happiest when outdoors and by the beach. I was lucky enough to spend 6 years travelling the world, working in sports development and sports coaching. I am an avid adrenaline seeker and am eager to immerse myself in new cultures and explore everything the globe has to offer. 

I can't wait to support our students on their journey, as I found mine so pivotal. Ever since I found out about the volunteer Zambia project, I knew I wanted to be involved. I have seen the impact that sport has on changing lives, not only to those taking part but also to those delivering. In my role, I work directly with students delivering sport to schools and communities who wouldn’t normally have access. I am eager to help support our students apply this in Zambia and work with the Zambian people to develop mechanisms to sustain their involvement in sports. 

Emma Manning

Rhys Russell – Digital Media and Marketing Lead

An avid writer, marketeer, and event manager, you'll often find me writing about my journey hiking up the mountains, paddleboarding in the Bristol Channel or watching sports, particularly Cardiff City and Wales.

Throughout my career, I have worked for or volunteered for charities and have also been involved in sports, through playing, coaching, and officiating. A core belief of mine is to try to make a difference, no matter how small, so, to be able to be a small part of making a big difference on a scale such as Volunteer Zambia through supporting the cohort of students is an opportunity I didn't want to miss.

Gethin Smart - Sport Development & Workforce Manager

Volunteer Zambia Operational Lead (Cardiff Met) & Operational Team Chair (Wallace Group)

5'11 (on a good day)

 I was incredibly lucky to travel to Zambia in 2017 as a staff member on the project; this experience was life-changing for me, I am lucky to now lead at Cardiff Metropolitan University as the Operational lead.

I have been immensely proud of how the project has developed to allow a wealth of Cardiff Met Students and staff to experience Zambia, its people and themselves whilst on the project.