LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team is on its way to Africa as the Spartans side begins a 17-day missions and service trip that will see the group spend time in both the country of Benin and the city of Bulembu, which is in Swaziland.


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In conjunction with SportAid, the Spartans women’s soccer team will come alongside Gain (Global Aid Network) to help with the organization’s well-building work in Benin. Using sport as an avenue to connect with local villagers, the team will spend a week in Benin helping further develop the work already being done by Gain.


This will be the second time the Spartans have served in Benin, as the women’s soccer team follows in the footsteps of the men’s soccer team who went on a trip in 2011.


Following its time in Benin, the team will spend the second week of the trip in Bulembu, which is a private not-for-profit village in Swaziland. While there, the team will run a few sports camps while also helping with work projects in the community. This will mark the second time the women’s soccer team has served in Bulembu, having also visited the Swaziland town in 2012.


“When you’re across the world with your team, you’re going to have experiences that impact you and cause you’re team to grow closer together and I’m excited to go to a different part of the world with my teammates and experience something entirely new,” said Spartans fourth-year defender Amy Gartke. “And I’m sure we’re going to be totally impacted by the love of the people there. It’s funny how we’re going to go love them but we’re going to be so loved on by them.”