Crowdfunding campaign launched to support girls’ football in Zambia
We’re delighted to have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the K-Town Queens, our girls’ team in Kalingalinga, Zambia. The K-Town Queens programme seeks to overcome barriers to girls’ involvement in sport, promoting gender equality and overcoming stigma and negative perceptions.
At the same time, the charity supports our players’ health and education through check-ups and HIV/AIDs testing and scholarships to pay for school fees.
Andrew Jenkin, co-founder of Africa on the Ball, said:
“The K-Town Queens are an incredible group and they’ve made amazing progress, both on and off the pitch, since we started the programme. They are incredibly keen to train and to learn and they take every opportunity we can offer them, whether that’s to do with football, their wellbeing, school or supporting the community.
“A relatively small amount of money will mean we can keep the programme going for another season and, if things go well, we have ambitions to do more. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us to get to this point and to anyone who is able to donate to our campaign.”
Launched at community club Spartans FC as part of the Eden Project’s ‘Commonwealth Big Lunch’, the new crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise an initial £2,000 will pay for the team and players’ participation in the 2018 league, training and coaching costs, as well as footballs and other equipment. The money will also be used to purchase a container and pay for its shipment to Zambia.
Thanks to a number of generous donations, we also have a quantity of kit to ship to Zambia including kit kindly donated by Spartans FC themselves. If you’d like to contribute kit, please get in touch with us.
The campaign can be found here. Donors will receive different rewards depending on their level of support by way of thanks. Rewards include Kalingalinga on the Ball FC shirts, wristbands, badges and personalised videos of thanks from Zambia,