Archaeologist swaps spade for football kit

Posted by pt91 at Jun 05, 2013 01:32 PM |
University of Leicester archaeologist who worked on Richard III dig lends support to Zambian football academy
Archaeologist swaps spade for football kit

Stephen Baker with 20 yrs + team wearing old Leicester Academicals football shirts

University of Leicester field archaeologist, Stephen Baker recently traveled to Zambia where he established strong links with several schools, orphanages and a local sporting academy in the capital Lusaka, run by Zambian volunteers. Stephen has pledged to work on various projects in Zambia over the next five years, including working with NOFAS-UK - a Foetal Alcohol Awareness charity, schools and orphanages and the football academy.

While there, he met the chairman and head coach of the Dynamics Stars Academy, Kelly Mukaka and was introduced to the girls and boys of the academy, many of them orphaned through the impact of aids.

The academy in Zambia does not have access to equipment and clothing because it is unaffordable, or inaccessible. The short term aim is to provide the children and young adults with some kit such as shorts, socks, football boots. They are desperate for training equipment such as cones and nets for the goals.

Stephen will be going to Zambia on the 24th of June and will be personally taking football equipment and attire is collected, as well as donations of anything else that the academy can make use of. Any offers or suggestions in any condition will be considered and all donated items can be collected from the University campus. For more information or to donate contact Stephen on

Stephen has worked for the University of Leicester Archaeological Services since 2002. He has been involved with commercial archaeological excavations and has also led archaeological expeditions and excavations in Libya, and Italy and was fully involved in the recent Richard III archaeological dig.

  • The Search for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council, and in association with the Richard III Society.
  • Search for Richard III website

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