Africa On The Ball is an organisation which uses the power of football as a vehicle for the advancement of health, education and enterprise in deprived areas of Africa.
We are developing a model centered around using football and its popularity for the benefit of all within communities.
There are many ways we believe sport can be a huge tool for community’s development.
On an initial level we believe that team sports such as football can play a pivotal role in teaching essential life skills such as communication, leadership, motivation, discipline and helps give young people a focus, keeping them from the temptation of drugs and alcohol, both of which are major problems in certain areas of Africa. Within our model we’ve developed in Zambia, we’re developing a Leadership program where our players learn about being role models and highlight the importance of goal setting, education and helping within the community.
We use our team as a vehicle for engagement with other members of the local area and aim to help and support them with healthcare, finance and education.
Nelson Mandela once said : “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination“.
We too believe in the power of football for social development.
“In a community, a small community, where boys and girls like to run around from sunrise to sunset in the dusty ground I could see from afar boys playing soccer. They played like it was not just a game but something enjoyable, running around the dusty ground kicking that ball, the players don’t mind the dust, a goal comes their way and they dance, even their jump for a goal shows determination that one day they shall fly beyond and they shall play and kick the ball to the moon. ‘Africa On The Ball’ a team that does not play to earn, a team to teach through sport a team to help a child see what life can hold despite its ups and downs. Just like the players smile so is how beautiful life can be…”
Chipo Francine Phiri from Kalingalinga in Lusaka, Zambia