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.
Jul 31, 2014

Alive & Kicking August 2014 Report

Zambia Roadshow
Zambia Roadshow

It’s been an exciting summer at Alive and Kicking. Our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia, and Ghana continue to produce over 5,000 footballs a month; creating sustainable employment for over 130 people while providing disadvantaged children with quality sports balls. We’ve also engaged in some great partnerships that will help us promote health awareness and children’s right to play.  

A&K Zambia completes 2014 Roadshow

A&K Zambia’s annual roadshow was held in the Lusaka Province this year. Together, local coaches from across the four locations (Kafue, Chongwe, Munali and Chipata Compound) led educational football drills on HIV prevention with coaches from Tackle Africa. The roadshow attracted large crowds, allowing Alive & Kicking the opportunity to invite the local community to learn about HIV and take part in voluntary counselling and testing. 1,000 hand-stitched Alive & Kicking balls were donated and given to participants and other local schools and projects.

A&K Kenya Partnership with Southwest Airlines on Project LuvSeat

A&K Kenya has launched an exciting initiative with Southwest Airlines and SOS Children’s Village to help ‘Upcycle’ over 40 acres of leather removed from Southwest aeroplane seat covers (approximately 80,000 leather seats). As a part of Southwest’s multi-phase sustainable program, Project LuvSeat, A&K Kenya will use the leather to make high-quality footballs and train young adults from SOS’s projects as ball-stitchers. By the end of the year, 1,000 upcycled footballs will be stitched and donated.

Alive and Kicking Selected for the 2014 ICAP Charity Day

Alive & Kicking is delighted to have been selected to benefit from the 2014 ICAP Charity Day this December. Every year, ICAP takes a day to donate 100% of its worldwide revenue to a number of charities. 15 charities were selected from the UK, so Alive & Kicking is honoured to take part. Involvement in the ICAP Charity Day will allow Alive & Kicking to run substantial health awareness programmes in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, training community sports coaches in health-educative football drills and donating a large number of balls to young people who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

Thank you to all of our supporters. Our continued success would not be possible without the ongoing support of people like you.

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May 14, 2014

Alive & Kicking May 2014 Report

The first half of 2014 has seen Alive & Kicking go from strength to strength. Our stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continue to make over 5,000 balls a month and embark on exciting initiatives to raise awareness around preventable disease and to combat social exclusion. Our balls are sold and donated across several African countries and provide sustainable fair-pay employment for over 130 people.

2013 Annual Review

Alive & Kicking’s Annual Review 2013 is now available to view online. 2013 was another significant and successful year in Alive & Kicking’s development and the Annual Review contains information on all our major achievements. Our not-for-profit stitching centres in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana continued to make impressive strides in retail while pushing forward with innovative and exciting social outreach and health awareness programmes.

A&K Ghana successfully completed its first health awareness initiative, teaching football coaches and young people in Accra about HIV and malaria. A&K Kenya launched the first ever training programme for the blind, using specially designed ‘sound balls’ and arranging training sessions and tournaments for over 500 visually impaired children. In Zambia, we built on the success of previous years to take our hugely successful HIV awareness roadshow to the Central Province. The year also saw thousands of balls donated across each country, including the matched donations from our award winning ‘Balls For Africa’ partnership with John Lewis.

The Alive & Kicking Annual Review 2013 has information on all these stories and more, including the impact our work has on our staff and communities, the progress we have made in terms of publicity and support, and information about how you can get involved and support our progress going forward.

HIV Awareness Roadshow – Lusaka Province

A&K Zambia has begun the 2014 HIV Awareness Roadshow, which is being hosted in four locations in Lusaka Province. Working with our partners Tackle Africa, the roadshow will visit locations in and around Zambia’s capital; Kafue, Chongwe, Munali and Chipata Compound. The roadshow will see coaches from each area trained in football drills that can be used to teach young people about HIV. The coaches will complete a training course amongst themselves before being evaluated as they deliver the training to their own teams. Each week of training will be followed by day of community football and netball tournaments, in which the local community will be invited to learn about HIV and take part in voluntary counselling and testing. 1,000 hand-stitched Alive & Kicking balls will be donated to participants and other local schools and projects.

Thank you

A big thank you to all of our individual supporters, who continue to be a crucial part of our success as we look to increase our impact across Africa. 

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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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