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11 November 2014

Burnley FC in the Community recently travelled to Ghana to undertake valuable community work.

The club’s official charity took 11 volunteers and returned back to Burnley safe, but tired after an extremely rewarding trip.

The group spent five days in the Ghanaian village of Woe (pronounced ‘Way’) in the Lower Volta Region.

During the five-day trip they spent time working at the Dedzidi Community School in the neighbouring village of Anloga. Some of the team assisted teachers in leading English, Maths and PE lessons.

However, the main purpose of Burnley FC’s visit was to assist with the building of new permanent classrooms to replace existing buildings with asbestos roofs and banana leaf walls.

The funds raised for the trip enabled the hiring of two skilled builders and the purchase of materials to make the concrete used to lay the floor.

Over the course of four days the team moved tons of rubble and sand and managed to complete almost all the flooring. This means that when the next group of volunteers (from Rangers FC) travel out in
December they will be able to start work on the classroom walls.

The trip was physically and mentally demanding, and highly emotional at times, with the helpers  witnessing extreme poverty on a large scale, street children and preventable disease and illness as a common occurrence.

As a result of the overall experience, on the final night in Ghana our team made a commitment that they will continue to work with the Dedzidi Community School and the wider community, providing support and resources from the UK, but also in planning a further - and hopefully larger - volunteering trip next year. 

The 11 strong team included Matt Hargreaves, Jane Priest, William Priest, Stuart Grimshaw, Justine Lorriman, Martin Carlton, Hannah Wilkinson, Emma Broatch, Amanda Catlow, Lisa Merrifield and Abbey Merrifield, who were supported by local sponsors including Neville Gee, Totally Wicked, Community Network Solutions, Future Directions CIC, Harp Ceramics, Carlton Bathrooms and Tiling, NP Integrated Technology, JL Leisure, Joanne’s Computer and Blackburn Community Sports.

To get involved in our Africa 2015 trip please register your interest by contact Matt Hargreaves on or 01282 704716

Visit the community website at: to find out more about their great work.

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