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Burnley FC in the Community return to Ghana to build classrooms!

12 November 2015

Seven Burnley FC in the Community volunteers have just returned from nine days in the Lower Volta Region of Ghana, carrying out vital building work at a local primary school.

This is the second year the department has run the trip in conjunction with African Adventures, a UK-based volunteer travelling organisation. Over the course of a week, the team contributed to the construction of a new classroom block at the 300-student Dedzidi Primary School.

Siobhán McNamara, Partnerships and Events Executive for Burnley FC in the Community, who travelled with the group to Woe said: “The work we carried out during our time at the Dedzidi Primary School was demanding but incredibly rewarding.

"As the local builders we worked with have no access to basic tools, we were required to mix the cement by hand before moulding each individual brick.

"Despite this, we formed around 200 bricks over the course of the week and we then used these to build three dividing  classroom walls. It was brilliant to meet the children who will benefit from the new build and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone we met. We feel very proud to have worked with such a special community.”

The group’s work was managed by The Young Shall Grow International (TYSGI), a non-profit organisation based in Woe that works with numerous local partners to assist the community’s most needy children and adults.

Each volunteer raised over £2000 to take part in the trip, with a percentage of the funds generated also contributing to Burnley FC in the Community’s charitable work in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

The team took 14 suitcases full of football kits donated by Burnley FC fans, as well as pens, books, toys, clothes and shoes.

The volunteers who travelled to Ghana were; Abbey Merrifield, Chris Wilson, Denise Mclaren, Jane Priest, Joe Robinson, Lisa Merrifield and Siobhán McNamara.

To find out more about getting involved in Burnley FC in the Community’s fundraising events, please contact Siobhán McNamara at

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