We are back and it’s good, there really is no substitute for seeing friends and family and for home comforts. We’re here for 3 weeks so we really want to make the most of being back in the UK. The flight was mostly good apart from a 2.5 hour delay in Turkey due to the freezing fog in the UK; unfortunately this delay meant I couldn’t visit the football project in London I was hoping to but after hearing reports the day after of just how cold it was (even by English standards!) maybe it was just as well!
My first day was spent in London taking the opportunity to meet with the Street Child World Cup to discuss details and future projects regarding Tanzania’s team for the World Cup in 2014 and the goals we want to achieve. I got a t-shirt to join the likes of Barcelona’s Dani Alves & Thiago Alcantara to continue promoting the work back in Tanzania – and a nice t-shirt it is indeed!
Later that day I went up to North London to meet with Arsenal in the Community who support the TSC Sports Academy back in Mwanza through their gappers programme. It is great to have their support to develop our community work and training work especially with Arsenal and the Premier League being so popular in Tanzania. I also took the chance to visit the impressive Emirates Stadium.
Then later I fulfilled a life long dream by meeting a friend and going into BBC Television Centre – wandering through the halls of the doughnut – getting the chance to do the weather on a blue screen, recollecting opening sequences of live & kicking and going for a drink in the staff bar. Didn’t manage to see anyone famous but even if I had I doubt we would have recognised. Final bit of stardom was wandering past the One Show studio as they were preping to film, with the Top Gear offices just above.
My colleague Vicki also had a very productive time back in the UK by promoting the work of the charity, including the football work and Street Child World Cup in an exclusive interview on CNN!!! How amazing that she could get such an opportunity to do this – Please check it out on the link below, it will give you more of an idea of what the situation in Tanzania is like and the work we do.
So I hope that the rest of our stay in the UK is as productive and that we make the most of our (just under) 3 weeks here!