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APM Project Challenge Update

As many of you will be aware Aspire Europe have entered a team into this years APM Project Challenge and have chosen to raise money and provide project management eLearning to the Tag Rugby Trust. A quick update on our progress so far!

Combining our on-line and offline donations we have now raised around £1150 which is amazing and we would like to thank everyone who has donated for their generosity and anyone who would like to donate please follow the link below to our JustGiving fundraising page.

Sam and Alice are due to do their 15,000ft sky dive (highest possible jump without oxygen) in just 38 days and have funded this completely out of their own pockets, therefore any sponsorship for them would also be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

The team start our public fundraising this Friday night at the Bristol Rugby vs Ealing Trailfinders game at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, where we will be raising awareness, collecting funds and selling prize draw tickets. We will provide an update to how we got on next week.

Finally we have been contacting many different organisations from local rugby clubs to international rugby to help us with our cause, and this week we received a lovely email from England rugby commending us on the work we are doing and commenting “What a superb project you are involved in” (England Rugby Union Social Responsibility Manager). This was so exciting to receive praise from someone so prominent in England Rugby.

For any further information or to make a donation please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Aspire-Europe and we hope to provide more exciting updates soon.


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Aspire Europe gears up for charity!

Aspire Europe will be entering the London – Surrey 100 mile cycle route in August.  Starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the route follows a 100-mile route through the capital and deep into the Surrey countryside.  The route was made famous during the London 2012 Olympics and Aspire Europe hopes to build on the success achieved on the route and raise an enormous amount for our dedicated charity –the British Heart Foundation.

Fundraising plans are coming together and sponsorship information will be released shortly.

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Building a future for South Africa

This week, we provide you with a short documentary video about PRINCE2 in South Africa and the work done at Philippi children’s centre in 2013. The video focuses on the amazing work by a group of volunteers from Holland and Aspire’s very own Alice constructing a safe place for children to be educated. Over the past weeks we have given you Alice’s story, however this video gives context of the whole project, along with interviews with PRINCE2 for Africa foundation’s Peter Postema, teachers and volunteers. The video shows the large amount of work completed in the days over in South Africa along with the safety and enjoyment it brings to the children’s lives. A truly remarkable charity project.

Please click the following link to view the documentary.


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PRINCE2 for Africa – Day 8 Report

The final day in South Africa arrived and everybody was in agreement that it had arrived too quickly. The group had a scheduled morning visit up Table Mountain but there was a problem (or an issue in PRINCE2 terms) as it was too overcast and dangerous to climb to the top. The group consequently travelled to signal hill for some breath taking views over the city of Cape Town.

The group spent the afternoon back at the hotel discussing highlights from the trip before departing for the airport. All the volunteers agreed the experience was a great way to practice the PRINCE2 processes and implement it into such a worthy cause. The building work has enabled 50 extra places for local disadvantaged children to attend the school.

Alice raised an impressive total of £639.83 in sponsorship which has gone directly to the Philippi children’s centre and towards building materials for the construction work. Alice and the team here at Aspire Europe would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who was generous enough to make a donation towards the cause.

The whole group raised a remarkable total of over £60,000 for this charity.

As a parting gift for reading this blog over the last few weeks, please find below memorable photos of the trip.

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PRINCE2- Day 5-7 Report

This week we bring you the penultimate installment of Alice’s experience of being a PRINCE2 volunteer for a fantastic cause in South Africa.

Day 5

Day 5 saw a huge breakthrough in the work packages for all the teams as the construction really began to come together. However as the hottest day so far, everyone began to feel drained. The pressure was now on the team managers to keep up the momentum to complete the work with only two days of construction work left. All the foundations had been laid from the previous day and the team could now concentrate on building the walls up specified in the work package and catch up on time lost due to Day 4’s issues.

During the evening, Alice and the volunteers had the opportunity to visit another successful project that the charity SASDI has been involved with. The teams visited a newly built boarding school which takes boys from the streets and provides them with education. The project has seen some tremendous and truly inspiration results as some boys have achieved great things such as becoming qualified lawyers and chefs.


Day 6

With just full four days of hard work, averaging ten hours per day, the final days of building began. At lunch everybody involved got together for a team photo in front of one of the completed work packages and recognised the impressive amount of work that had been achieved in such a short space of time. The volunteers were officially awarded certificates at a presentation ceremony for their hard work and speeches were made. The SASDI founder quoted, “if the volunteers were around when Rome was built, it really would have gone up in a day”.

Friday evening was filled with barbeques and bouncy castles! A celebration of the week’s achievement took place with hundreds of thank you’s to everyone involved alongside a party for the lovely children attending the school.


Day 7

On Saturday morning each team gave a presentation to all the volunteers, project manager, founders and Chairman of the SASDI organisation at the University of Cape Town, on work achieved in their specific packages and lessons learned during the week.

The afternoon involved a trip to Rodden Island- a special occasion and great day to visit as 27th April is a South African public holiday, ‘Freedom Day’ to commemorate the first democratic elections held in 1994.

Next week, we bring you the final installment of Alice’s experience in South Africa, along with a dozen memorable photos from the trip.

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PRINCE2 for Africa- Day 3-4 Report

Today, we bring you the latest edition of Alice’s experience of Global projects PRINCE2 initiative in South Africa.

Day 3

This day was taking up solely of working hard alongside the locals and delivering some of the work packages on Alice’s teams breakdown structure. The evening involved meeting local teachers from the school and discussing the positive impacts that these projects have had on the local children of the area over the last few years. A visual presentation and speech was given which was particularly moving for some of the project professionals.


Day 4

This day began with a continuation of the work package delivery, a major change issue occurred whilst the team was creating one of the products and it became clear that a new trench was going to have be created for completion of one of the schools buildings . Alice’s team escalated this issue to the project manager and the change request was granted. Work would continue on the delivery of this new product over the next two days, as project support Alice updated her teams schedule, registers, PBS and logs accordingly.

The afternoon of day 4 was spent at a local farm which provides jobs for parents of the local schools children, these local stakeholders were also responsible for growing the produce to feed the Global projects professionals lunches every day during their stay.

The day closed with a highlight report involving all the teams, the project was still very much within delivery tolerance despite set backs and the creation of new products for 2 of the teams.

Today we leave you with two photos of the work underway, next week we bring you updates from days 5-7 of the project.

Please stay tuned.



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PRINCE2 for Africa- Day 1-2 Report

Over the last 6 weeks we have brought you news on the support of Aspire towards an incredible initiative run by Global projects. We sent Alice- one of our most highly regarded young project professionals to South Africa to help in a project to refurbish and build township schools for the local children.

Over the next few weeks we will be bringing you Alice’s story and details of this remarkable project.

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Day 1

After arriving safely in Cape Town and spending an evening meeting and greeting the other 40 project participants, day 1 began by splitting the individuals into 4 teams, the assigning of roles within these teams plus defining the scope of the project. With this structure in place, the afternoon involved a group presentation taking place at the site outlining the history of the local area and previous works of this charity.

Once this was completed, the groups split into their respective teams and started looking at their work packages.

Day 2

This was the day when Alice’s work truly began. Alice was assigned the role of Project support in team 4 and the day 2 schedule began with creating the product breakdown structure and then identifying and analyzing the risks with her team. Cavity wall building began shortly after and took place for the rest of the afternoon. At the end of day 2, Alice produced the checkpoint report for the project manager and updated the issue register and lessons log accordingly.

The next installment of Alice’s experiences using PRINCE2 in South Africa will be released next week, please return to hear more about this wonderful project and charity.

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