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.
Mar 14, 2013

Alive & Kicking March 2013 Report

The first balls being made at A&K Ghana
The first balls being made at A&K Ghana

Alive & Kicking has enjoyed a great start to 2013. In Kenya and Zambia, thousands of balls continue to be stitched each month, while the first sellable quality balls are now being produced at A&K Ghana. In the UK, the ‘Balls For Africa’ partnership with John Lewis is still going strong, following impressive sales over the Christmas period.

A&K Ghana

Six months in to operations in Accra and Alive & Kicking Ghana is on time and under budget. We have hired our first 16 stitchers, 10 of whom are disabled, five are women and eight are under the age of 25, proving our commitment to employing those who would otherwise struggle to find work in Ghana. The team has impressed with its aptitude and commitment and are already making top quality balls and fulfilling their first sales orders.

It’s first six months have been a great success, but A&K Ghana’s future sustainability remains reliant on us reaching our three-year fundraising target of £402,00. We are currently £86,00 short of that total, half of which is needed for work this year.

John Lewis

Alive & Kicking’s ‘Balls For Africa’ project with John Lewis continues to impress, with the balls having now been on sale for over 6 months. They are being sold on a ‘buy one, donate one’ basis, with a Kenyan-made ball being donated in Kenya for every one sold in the UK, and are available for £20. The partnership was initially based around sales over the Christmas period and we are delighted that they are still rolling off the shelves, resulting in ever more balls being donated to Kenyan schools and children’s projects that otherwise could not afford them.

Support from sports stars

Alive & Kicking recently received the support of a number of well-known sporting personalities, who posed for pictures with our balls. Three of The Championship’s best performers this season, we are delighted that Wilfried Zaha, Nathaniel Chalobah and Yannick Bolasie took time out from their busy schedule to lend their support to Africa’s ball maker. Rugby league star Keith Mason was also kind enough to arrange for his teammates at Castleford Tigers to sign an Alive & Kicking rugby ball. All our celebrity supporters, as well as some great shots of our manufacturing and social outreach programmes, can be seen in our Photo Gallery.

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has supported Alive & Kicking recently and we look forward to giving our next GlobalGiving update in the summer. For more regular updates on our work, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dec 17, 2012

Alive & Kicking December 2012 Report

Micah Richards - A&K Ambassador
Micah Richards - A&K Ambassador

Alive & Kicking has gone from strength to strength in 2012.  The Kenyan and Zambian stitching centres continue to produce quality sports balls, generating employment for over 120 people. Alive & Kicking’s UK retail presence in John Lewis is also blossoming as sales of our charitable gift ‘Balls For Africa’ do well in the Christmas period.

Ball donations

Alive & Kicking recently published feedback from our ball donation scheme. Over 1000 balls were donated across Kenya and Zambia in 2012 and all ball donation recipients were asked to complete a feedback questionnaire in order for Alive & Kicking to make sure the balls are beneficial. Feedback revealed a number of impressive statistics including an average of 45 children benefit from each ball that is donated, 92% of balls are used for health education purposes and 95% of recipients believe Alive & Kicking balls to be more durable than other balls available on the market which makes them ideal for African terrain. This feedback has cemented the importance of the ball donation component of our work.

A&K Ghana

Hiring has begun at Alive & Kicking’s stitching centre in Accra, Ghana and with assistance from the Centre for Employment of People with Disabilities and Rollaball - an organisation that promotes street football for people who have suffered from Polio, interviews were held and 16 stitchers appointed; a balance of men and women including a number of disabled stitchers. These stitchers have received training from the Stitcher Trainer & Stock Controller from our Kenyan centre and balls will be rolling out of A&K Ghana very soon!

Micah Richards

A&K recently announced Micah Richards as our celebrity ambassador. Micah Richards, the Manchester City football player, will be supporting Alive & Kicking with our Christmas appeal. It is great to have the support of a well-known footballer and will assist with our reach to football fans worldwide. Alive & Kicking believe this will be a great partnership for the future.

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Alive & Kicking recently and look forward to giving our next update in 3 months time. To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sep 19, 2012

Alive & Kicking September 2012 Update

Alive & Kicking has been going from strength to strength so far in 2012.  The Kenyan and Zambian stitching centres continue to produce quality sports balls, generating employment for over 120 people. A third stitching centre is set to be opened later this year, in Accra, Ghana and we have a UK retail presence for the first time.

A&K Ghana

Alive & Kicking recently announced that funding has been secured to open a third stitching centre, in Accra, Ghana. The first A&K Ghana footballs will roll out of the factory early next year and we hope the venture will provide sustainable employment for 50 stitchers, many of whom will never have been in formal employment before. The venture will also provide an affordable, durable, locally made alternative to the expensive, imported balls currently available. A&K Kenya and Zambia have proven our potential for sustainability and this move into the West African market is an exciting development in A&K’s progress. Securing the necessary funding to set up in Ghana has been a great challenge, and we would like to thank all of our supporters for making this dream a reality.

John Lewis

Hand-stitched in Kenya, ‘Balls For Africa’ have recently gone in sale in John Lewis stores across the UK. They are being sold on a ‘buy one, donate one’ basis, with a ball being donated to a school or children’s project in Kenya for every one sold in the UK. Every A&K ball on the shelf has a unique tracking code, which allows the customer to find out exactly where their donated ball will go. The prospect of thousands of Alive & Kicking balls being used in the UK and thousands more being donated to worthy projects in Kenya fills the team with a great sense of pride and achievement.

Herve Renard

A&K Zambia recently welcomed a very special guest as Africa Cup of Nations winning coach Herve Renard paid a visit to our Lusaka stitching centre. The Chipolopolo boss is a hero in Zambia after leading his team to unprecedented success this year and was given a rapturous reception by our staff.

Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Alive & Kicking recently and look forward to giving our next update in 3 months’ time. To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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