Sports Coaching and Development Student Joshua King has been awarded the Gloucester Bowl by the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Sebastian Field.
Joshua, originally from Exeter, won the award which is for the student who has made a significant contribution to outreach work in Gloucester and the surrounding area.
During his studies he aimed to make a difference on work placements and volunteer projects, from volunteering for Sport Malawi in his first year, to spend two years volunteering at No Limits, a Community Interest company in Gloucestershire which aims to brings communities together and help people feel less isolated.
He was presented his award during his graduation ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral. “I was surprised to receive this award but very thankful and happy I had won it,” he said. “There are so many people who helped me at university, lecturers, support staff and students. The students and staff that helped me on PhASE (Physical Activity and Sport Enterprise), those who were part of No Limits and Sport Malawi deserve a lot of praise for their work.”
Sport Malawi is a partnership between the University and agencies in Malawi to foster outreach and sport development, with staff and students travelling to the African country each year.
Currently working at Gloucestershire College, Josh is also starting to volunteer for the Cheltenham Trust on their sport development projects.
He said: “I loved my three years at the University of Gloucestershire,” adding, “I’d like to thank the staff and students for their continued support over three years, and I hope to return for a postgraduate or work in the future.”