Former Thistle and Hearts Striker Becomes Africa on the Ball Patron
Jimmy Bone, scorer of one of Partick Thistle’s most revered goals in their history, has become a patron for Africa on the Ball, a Scottish charity using football which provides access to schools, employment opportunities and healthcare education to African communities by supporting and growing grass-roots football clubs.
Jimmy Bone scored over 130 goals in Scottish football before going on to manage Zambian side Power Dynamos in 1991, helping them become the first sub-Saharan Africa’s team to win a continental competition when they won the African Cup Winners Cup.
Jimmy Bone said:
“I really didn’t have to think about saying yes to become a patron of Africa on the Ball because I really believe in what the organisation does. Having been to Zambia, I’ve seen the impact organisations such as Africa on the Ball can have in helping young people. Football can be a great tool to engage young people and help them in all walks of life. I look back with great fondness on my time in Zambia and encourage people to get involved with Africa on the Ball’s work helping to develop education and healthcare in communities through football.
The news comes just two weeks after the charity launched their Supporters Club which gives the public the opportunity to sponsor the work of African on the Ball and members of its community programmes and from as little as £4 per month.
Africa on the Ball formed Kalingalinga on the Ball FC in 2011, helping the club grow from a community venture to a fourth-tier club in Zambia, whilst developing food and community little picking programmes and an educational scholarship funds for players to finish their basic schooling. The charity has future plans to build a community club house which will also be used as a community learning and health centre, alongside an academy.
The charity formed an outreach programme in which Kalingalinga on the Ball FC players undertake educational and football focused sessions in deprived surrounding communities, including the local orphanage and primary schools.
Andrew Jenkin, Founding Trustee of Africa on the Ball says:
“Asking Jimmy to become a patron of Africa on the Ball’s work was an easy decision. Jimmy is not only incredibly passionate about the role that football can play in helping develop young people, but having spent some great years in Zambia, is also aware of the impact programmes such as ours can have in deprived communities.”
There are four levels of membership available below; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum at £4, £10, £15 and £20 a month respectively. Supporters receive a range of benefits including personal video messages from the players, access to VIP functions and sponsors’ names on the kit. For more information, visit www.africaontheball.org/supportersclub