Half way through 2015, Alive & Kicking is enjoying a very exciting year. Our stitching centres in Accra, Lusaka and Nairobi continue to produce over 5,000 sports balls a month, providing over 140 people with sustainable employment while providing quality equipment for disadvantaged children. We have also launched this year’s health education programme in Ghana, with similar programmes to come in Kenya and Zambia.
Arsenal in the Community support A&K Ghana Health Outreach Programme
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural A&K Ghana health project, we are again training a cohort of local coaches to deliver specially designed health educative football training drills. This year’s programme has been sponsored by ICAP Charity Day.
The drills will be used to teach local young people about HIV and malaria; how they work, how to prevent them, and what to do if affected.
By training coaches who work with young people on a regular basis to deliver the sessions themselves, we can ensure that health education is continually taught going forward.
This year we have also enlisted the support of Arsenal in the Community, who have sent gap year coaches Max and Laura to join our programme in Accra.
The Arsenal gappers are spending a total of two months with us in Ghana, delivering football drills in local schools and supporting the training of local coaches.
With the Rugby World Cup taking place later this year, this is the perfect time to get young people across Africa involved in the game and taking advantage of the benefits of competitive sport.
As part of our drive to improve access to sporting equipment among disadvantaged young people across Africa, we have also recently donated balls to the Tag Rugby Trust in Zambia and Entebbe Sharks, a girls’ rugby initiative in Uganda, as well as the Uganda Ladies Rugby team
As Alive & Kicking continues to grow and help more people across Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, our individual supporters remain as important as ever. Thank you to everyone who donated in the last period, and we look forward to giving our next update soon.
Getting well into 2015 and Alive & Kicking’s work hasn’t let up. With 2015 shaping up to be a successful year for Alive & Kicking we are proud to say that our stitching centres in Nairobi, Lusaka and Accra continue to produce over 5,000 footballs a month; providing over 130 people with stainable employment while providing disadvantaged children with quality sports balls. We’ve also launched some exciting initiatives that will help us improve the health and quality of life of disadvantaged young people in our countries of operation.
Having a ball in Kenya
Recently Alive & Kicking has had some fantastic exposure on African News channel eNCA where Robyn Kriel was sent as part of a wider TV feature on Alive & Kicking’s work in Kenya. Robyn’s film showed the great impactthat Alive & Kicking has on local communities by providing sustainable long-term jobs to those who otherwise would have struggled to find a decent paged job. Her visit also highlighted the great work we do with our health and well-being outreach programmes, such as our HIV awareness work and our latest football programme for the visually impaired. You can see Robyn Kriel’s eNCA clip here.
Young Entrepreneurs scheme
Alive & Kicking’s Ghana team have been hard at work continuing our young entrepreneurs scheme. In collaboration with Comic Relief, we have been helping budding entrepreneurs learn about business, creativity, innovation and sales.We love seeing people thrive here at Alive & Kicking and to see young people getting involved to help sell Alive & Kicking merchandise to help re-invest that generated income back into their own micro-enterprises and to buy and sell more and more balls, not only lifting those involved out of poverty but actively giving them the skills and tools necessary to become a successful business thinker and to pave the way for that next generation of forward thinkers.
We have many more things in the pipeline such as fundraising events in the UK like a football tournament at Wembley, a comedy night and a 10K run.If you want to join in the fun and help Alive & Kicking continue our work in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, please visit the events page on our website for more information
2014 was a hugely successful year for Alive & Kicking and we have big plans to ensure that we continue that progress into the New Year. Our stitching centres in Nairobi, Lusaka and Accra continue to produce over 5,000 footballs a month; providing over 130 people with stainable employment while providing quality sports balls disadvantaged children with quality sports balls. We’ve also launched some exciting initiatives that will help us improve the health and quality of life of disadvantaged young people in our countries of operation.
ICAP Charity Day
ICAP’s annual charity day enjoyed another remarkably successful year – and this time Alive & Kicking was at the heart of the action. The biggest single fundraising event in the City of London sees ICAP donate the commissions and fees from their entire day’s trading to a range of worthy causes. A host of celebrities came down on the day to support the traders, seal some deals and soak up the atmosphere. We were delighted to have been joined by a wonderful bunch of VIPs who ensured it was a truly memorable day for everyone involved. £8m was raised worldwide during the day, with Alive & Kicking’s portion set to be used for sports-based health education work in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana throughout the year.
Alive & Kicking Ghana has launched a new ball in partnership with former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah – The Tornado. The first ball of its kind, The Tornado really is made in Ghana, by Ghana, for Ghana. All materials that go into making the ball are sourced locally and the balls are then stitched at our workshop in Accra. From each ball sold, five cedis go directly to the Stephen Appiah Foundation to support their own charitable activities. The Tornado ball has generated great excitement since its launch, being featured in much of the local media, and we look forward to seeing The Tornado reaching school playground and sports pitches across Ghana throughout the year.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us last year and we look forward to bringing you more updates throughout 2015.
2014 has been an exciting year so far 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 improve the health and quality of life of disadvantaged young people.
Alive & Kicking set to benefit from ICAP Charity Day
The ICAP Charity Day is fast approaching. 3 December will see the UK-based broker donate all its worldwide revenues and commissions to a range of charitable causes. A major event in London’s financial and fundraising calendars, a host of A-list celebrities will join ICAP staff in generating as much income for charity as possible. The partnership with ICAP will allow Alive & Kicking to run sports-based health education projects in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana in 2015.
Social Enterprise UK Recognition
Alive & Kicking has been nominated for the 2014 UK Social Enterprise Awards, which will be held in London on 26 November. Shortlisted in the ‘Consumer Facing Social Enterprise’ category, A&K faces stiff competition from the fantastic social enterprises Belu Water, Divine Chocolate, The House of St Barnabas and Two Fingers Brewing.
Zambia Roadshow final report
The final report of the 2014 Alive & Kicking Zambia Roadshow of Lusaka Province is now available to view online. The Roadshow, which visited the towns of Kafue and Chongwe as well as the Lusaka city districts of Chipata and Munali, trained 78 local teachers and coaches in sports-based HIV education techniques. These coaches are now able to disseminate vital HIV information to young people in their communities on a regular and ongoing basis. This approach allows local people to tackle the most pressing health and social issue in their community in a sustainable and impactful way. The roadshow also saw 57 local teams take part in football and netball tournaments, and 425 people receive HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last three months and we look forward to bringing you another update early next year.
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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