Alive & Kicking

Alive & Kicking strives to to create employment for communities in Africa, help children exercise their right to play, and to raise awareness of preventable disease. This will continue to be achieved through the African manufacture and distribution of sports balls and the provision of appropriate health awareness materials for young people.
Feb 19, 2014

Alive & Kicking February 2014 Report

Alive & Kicking Online Shop
Alive & Kicking Online Shop

Alive & Kicking has enjoyed an excellent start to 2014, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana embark on exciting new initiatives. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries, and provide sustainable fair-pay employment for over 130 people.

Ghana Health Outreach

A&K Ghana has completed its first major health outreach programme. 64 coaches from Greater Accra were trained in educative football drills which increase understanding of HIV and malaria; how the viruses work and how they can be prevented. Working with partners ORPED Sports, the coaches developed skills which they can use with their teams going forward. Tournaments were organised between the coaches’ teams and over 900 balls, printed with simple health messages, were donated. Full report to follow; check A&K updates on Facebook, Twitter and our website.

Kenya Visually Impaired project

Working closely with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, A&K Kenya has completed an innovative programme allowing visually impaired children to participate in sport. Using specially made ‘sound balls,’ which contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on hearing rather than sight, 400 children and their teachers were given an introduction to blind football and the ability to take it forward themselves. It provided an opportunity for visually impaired children to take part in organised sport, often for the first time.

New Stock for Online Shop

Alive & Kicking’s Online Shop has been updated to reflect some exciting new designs. Two new synthetic designs - ‘circles’ and ‘triangles’ -  are now available, as well as our traditional leather, rugby and cow hide balls. Personalised balls can be provided for your company, which are great tools for marketing and promotions. The Online Shop is the best way for customers outside of Africa to get their hands on an Alive & Kicking ball. Visit aliveandkicking.org/shop to get yours today!

Thank you

A big thank you to all of our supporters, who have been a crucial part of our success to date and continue to play an important role as we look to increase our impact across Africa. 

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Dec 2, 2013

Alive & Kicking Christmas 2013 Report

Thika School for the Blind
Thika School for the Blind

Alive & Kicking has continued to enjoy success throughout 2013, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia build on their past success and A&K Ghana starts to get a foothold in the West African market. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries, and organise valuable social outreach initiatives. Full reports on outreach projects in Ghana and Kenya will follow; check our Facebook and Twitter and News pages for updates.

Ghana Health Outreach

A&K Ghana is currently performing its first major health outreach programme. Having built up production capacity and begun to develop sales partnerships, now is the perfect time to increase our social impact through health awareness work. Up to 75 coaches from Greater Accra will be trained in educative football drills which increase understanding of HIV and malaria; how the viruses work and how they can be prevented. Working with partners ORPED Sports, the coaches will develop skills which they can use with their teams going forward. Tournaments will be organised between the coaches’ teams and over 900 balls, printed with simple health messages, will be donated.

Kenya Visually Impaired project

Working closely with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, A&K Kenya is currently running an innovative programme allowing visually impaired children to participate in sport. Using specially made ‘sound balls,’ which contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on hearing rather than sight, 400 children and their teachers will be given an introduction to blind football and the ability to take it forward themselves. It will provide an opportunity for visually impaired children to take part in organised sport, often for the first time.

‘Big Five’ Christmas Raffle

Alive & Kicking is offering its UK supporters the chance to win one of five animal inspired footballs in our ‘Big Five’ Christmas Raffle! Why not try and win an exclusive animal ball – not normally for sale in the UK – as a perfect Christmas gift? The raffle is open until 16th December and all you have to do is donate £2 to via aliveandkicking.org/donate

Thank you

A big thank you to everyone who has supported Alive & Kicking throughout 2013, we look forward to building on our success over the next year. On behalf of everyone at A&K we wish you a happy Christmas and a great 2014!

Sep 4, 2013

Alive & Kicking August 2013 Report

A&K Kenya Commemorative Balls
A&K Kenya Commemorative Balls

Alive & Kicking has continued to enjoy success throughout 2013, as our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana go from strength to strength. They continue to make over 5,000 balls a month, for sale and donation across several African countries and organise valuable social outreach initiatives.

Business-Charity Partnership Award

Our partnership with John Lewis has achieved a great piece of recognition after picking up the Institute of Fundraising’s ‘2013 Best Business-Charity Partnership Award.’ The award was presented at a ceremony in London and was the culmination of lots of hard work in both the UK and Kenya.

Alive & Kicking balls were on the shelves of a British retailer for the first time as a result of the ‘Balls For Africa’ initiative. The partnership resulted in a major order for A&K Kenya, sustaining employment for 50 stitchers for nearly 2 months, and resulted in thousands of balls being donated across Kenya.

Hendon United SC tournament

Alive & Kicking teamed up with Hendon United Sports Club to run a football tournament in Matangulu, a town in Kenya’s Machakos district. The tournament involved 11 local teams competing in league and knockout games over two days and created a real buzz among the local community.

Kenya turns 50

In December this year, Kenya will celebrate 50 years of independence. To celebrate the occasion, A&K Kenya has launched a limited edition commemorative ball, which is on sale now in Nakumatt stores across Kenya.

British 10k London

A dedicated team of Alive & Kicking runners completed the British 10k London run in July, raising over £4,000 in the process. Lots of hard work and training went into the run and fundraising efforts and the preparation was needed as temperatures rose well over 30 degrees during the run. A huge thank you to all those who took part!

Thank you

A huge thank you to every one who has supported Alive & Kicking so far this year, we look forward to our next update in three months’ time.

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