GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM
Andrew was a student on UKSport’s IDEALS programme in 2009 and returned as a Team Leader to the project in 2010, spending four months coordinating it in Lusaka where plans for Africa on the Ball developed.
An MSc Sport Management graduate from the University of Stirling, Andrew was involved with development through sport through his time volunteering with UKSport, Alive and Kicking and the Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Program before co-founding Africa on the Ball.
A football fanatic who realises the game’s potential for social development, Andrew is also Head of Supporters Direct Scotland who encourage and support community development through sport.
Elena currently works at the Church of Scotland, coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the World Mission Council’s HIV activities.
Previously coordinator of a child sponsorship programme in rural Africa, Elena is passionate about international development and since 2007 has worked on a range of projects in community development in several developing countries, including Cameroon, Zambia, St. Vincent & Grenadines and Tanzania.
Prior to the development of Africa on the Ball Elena worked with a range of organisations including World Vision, The Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme and other small local grassroot organisations in a range of fields including child sponsorship, education & training, HIV/AIDS prevention.
Inspired by different places, amazing people and communities Elena is responsible for working with the Africa on the Ball field staff to develop new programmes and initiatives that can benefit individuals and communities involved.
Having graduated from the University of Stirling with a Bsc Psychology in 2009, Alban had already developed an affinity for volunteering during his studies. He then went on to spend 5 years working in the voluntary sector for Stirling’s Third Sector Interface, specifically promoting volunteering for adults with histories of mental health problems. He presently works for the University of Stirling’s Students’ Union.
Alban has acquired a broad range of experiences through volunteering for both national and local charities. In particular, he developed an affinity for disability football, running the Stirling City All Stars Football Club for 3 years. A great believer in the social and health related benefits of community sport he has served 3 years on the Stirling Albion Supporters’ Trust board and Forth Valley Disability Sport management committee.
Alban continues to coach disability football in the Stirling area and also pursues various creative ventures. He is a lifelong Stirling Albion supporter and enjoys recreational sport in his spare time.
A Law with German graduate from the University of Dundee, Robbie did his diploma in legal practice before entering the legal profession. Throughout University Robbie volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau where he was responsible for speaking to service users and finding solutions for legal and social problems such as debts, homelessness and relationships.
After University Robbie undertook his traineeship at a law firm in Glasgow where he primarily practised personal injury law but also dealt with matters regarding mental health and employment law. Through this position he became familiar with court proceedings, court etiquette and understood how to prepare and present legal arguments.
Robbie then took a position as a legal tutor at the University of Augsburg in Germany, where he taught students the basic framework of common law systems. Not only did this experience greatly improve his interpersonal and presentation skills but also broadened his horizons about intercultural awareness and vastly enhanced his German language skills.
After returning to Scotland, Robbie currently works at the University of Stirling as a student advisor- advising and representing students on a wide range of issues such as academic appeals and provides students with money and housing advice. He also helps to administer the discretionary funds within the University.
Robbie has volunteered at children camps in both America and Germany where he provided pastoral support to children from disadvantaged families. Helping other people progress in life is a great passion of his. He is a big supporter of the mighty Killie even if he does watch 80 minutes of the match with his hands over his eyes.
Kenny is Head of Communications, Policy & Public Affairs at the Open University Scotland. He is keen on sport & human rights and is currently studying part time for a degree in the topic. He has previously worked on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Skills Development Scotland
Kelvin in Africa on the Ball’s project manager in Zambia.
Kelvin was previously a peer leader in his community of Kalingalinga, and has since been a site co-ordinator and now an officer worker with Friend of EduSport.
Female Empowerment Officer
Jess has joined us after her role in Zambia under the 2016 Wallace group project based in Kalingalinga. It was here she joined forces with Gracious in an active role with the coaching of the Africa On The Ball men’s team. During her 6 weeks, with the help of the people of the community and project, aided the set up of a girls football team which quickly gathered a large amount of interest. As a current final year Sports Coaching student based in Cardiff, Wales, since returning from Zambia has continued to pursue a passion for expanding female involvement in sport.
Gracious was born in Kalingalinga as one of 7 siblings. Previously a peer leader this is where the love of the community and coaching began in 2002. Becoming a father of two Gracious balances home life with is love of DJ’ing and his equal love of football and coaching. He is a key component to the continued success and enjoyment of the Africa On The Ball Team
Kelvin has been a critical component in Kalingalinga on the Ball’s success. He is team manager and has led by example after overcoming some difficulties in his life. Africa on the Ball is proud of the impact it has had on his life.
James is the head coach of the team in Kalingalinga in Zambia. After gaining the coaching qualifications from the Zambia Football Association, he has been responsible for the training and performance of the team.