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.
Jun 22, 2012

Alive & Kicking June 2012 Update

Winning penalty!
Winning penalty!

2012 has been a very successful year so far for Alive & Kicking. A&K Kenya and A&K Zambia continue to produce thousands of quality sports balls and conduct social outreach programmes. Progress continues towards the opening of a third stitching centre in Accra, Ghana later this year.

Inaugural A&K Zambia HIV/AIDS Roadshow

Alive & Kicking Zambia has recently completed its first ever HIV/AIDS Health Awareness Roadshow, which was a resounding success. In partnership with Tackle Africa, the Roadshow toured the Copperbelt region, visiting the towns of Chililabombwe, Kitwe, Mufulira and Ndola.

The Roadshow team ran a number of initiatives aimed at engaging and empowering young people across the province. By using sport as an educational tool, the programme aimed to raise awareness of and combat the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Engaging existing networks and organisations was most the most sustainable way of achieving these goals, and 85 coaches were trained in HIV/AIDS education football drills. By training local staff, over 5,000 local children will now have long term access to a trained HIV/AIDS educator.

The Roadshow also provided opportunities for local young people to get involved with organised sporting events. Football and netball tournaments were organised in each town, with over 1,000 boys and girls taking part. The tournaments became huge local events, with thousands of spectators coming along and unprecedented numbers taking advantage of the mobile HIV Voluntary Counselling & Testing (VCT) centres to discover their HIV status.

Tusky’s supermarket stocks A&K balls

Alive & Kicking’s retail success across Africa has continued with the news that Tusky’s supermarkets are now stocking balls at 4 outlets in Kenya. This follows on from the sales success of A&K balls in Nakumatt outlets across East Africa. In Zambia, major retailers Spar, Shoprite and Pick N’ Pay are currently selling A&K balls. Sustained sales are crucial to the success of the social enterprise and enable further job creation and social outreach.

New animal prints developed

Due to the popular demand of the lion, cheetah, crocodile and tortoise print footballs, new animal designs have been developed. These include a zebra from Kenya and a white cheetah (or snow leopard!) from Zambia. The balls will be on sale over the coming months. 

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. 

Mar 23, 2012

Alive & Kicking March 2012 Update

Ban Ki-Moon and Jacques Rogge inspect an A&K ball
Ban Ki-Moon and Jacques Rogge inspect an A&K ball

It has been an exciting start to 2012 at Alive & Kicking, as the stitching centres in Lusaka and Nairobi continue to produce thousands of quality sports balls and we move towards opening a new centre in Accra, Ghana. Between them, A&K Kenya and A&K Zambia provide sustainable employment for 150 people, a number we hope to add to in Ghana over the coming months. 

Zambia win the Africa Cup of Nations

As far as our stitchers in Lusaka are concerned, easily the most exciting news this year was Zambia winning the Africa Cup of Nations in February. In a nerve-racking finale, they edged out the overwhelming favourites Ivory Coast on penalties in Libreville. Having distributed thousands of footballs to children in Zambia since 2004, Alive & Kicking felt an immense sense of pride seeing the young Chipolopolo players lifting the cup.

Ban Ki-moon, Jacques Rogge, and Wilfred Lemke learn how to stitch balls in Lusaka

Shortly after their continental cup success, Zambia hosted some special visitors in the form of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, IOC President Jacques Rogge and UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfred Lemke. They were in Lusaka to mark the new Olympic Youth Development Centre, and took the opportunity to meet Christopher Mutale, a stitcher at Alive & Kicking Zambia. Christopher demonstrated the art of hand-stitching footballs and showed off one he made earlier to a very impressed Secretary General. More here.

CLARITY launch £1 per Facebook ‘Like’ campaign

PR firm clarity announced that it has chosen Alive & Kicking as its charity of the year, and promptly set up a campaign in which they will donate £1 for every 'like' that they receive on their Facebook page. We are delighted to be receiving this support and believe our organisations can achieve a lot together going forward.

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. 

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Dec 22, 2011

Alive & Kicking Christmas 2011 Update

The last three months of the year have gone smoothly for Alive & Kicking in Kenya and Zambia. Both our workshops have continued making and distributing hand-stitcher leather footballs to schools and youth projects in disadvantaged areas. Below are some of the stand-out achievements from the period.

Wildlife conservation balls into Kenyan supermarkets

Alive & Kicking Kenya's newly designed animal print footballs of Cheetahs, Lions, Crocodiles and Tortoises aim to promote awareness of wildlife protection and can now be purchased in Nakumatt stores in Kenya. As with all Alive & Kicking balls sold in Nakumatt outlets, the margin that the store makes is donated to projects in Kenya and all A&K’s work remains not-for-profit. 

Zambia plans first ever roadshow in 2012

Alive & Kicking Zambia has spent the past 6 weeks planning its first health awareness roadshow, which is scheduled to take place in 2012. Based on the model developed by Alive & Kicking Kenya, A&K Zambia plans to hire a bus and deliver HIV/AIDs education alongside sporting activities in the Copper Belt region of the country. Balls will also be donated to participating schools.

Kenya plans Peace Roadshow in year of the elections (2012)

In Kenya plans are also underway for a roadshow next year, although this time with a twist. In 2012 the roadshow will focus on peace and is targeted to coincidence with a general election year. Previously, elections in Kenya have led to outbreaks of violence, so the Peace Roadshow will be aimed at encouraging peaceful attitudes and behaviour amongst young adults.

Football Clubs working with Alive & Kicking

Alive & Kicking is pleased to be receiving assistance from two professional English football clubs. Kenya's partnership with Arsenal in the Community has continued, with the club sending coaches to deliver training to local Kenya schools alongside the donation of Alive & Kicking balls. In Zambia, the workshop has been lucky to receive assistance from Swindon Town who are purchasing balls to use in their project in Mozambique.

East African Safari Rally

In November this year the CEO of Brightside Group, a UK company, completed the East African Safari Classic: a gruelling 9-day drive in a classic car. The 4300km journey started on 19th November in Mombasa, looped through Tanzania, and finished back in Mombasa on November 28th. Brightside Group plc is hoping to raise £100,000 for Alive & Kicking.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone that has donated to us in the last three months, and throughout the year. On behalf of everyone at Alive & Kicking we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great 2012.

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