Africa On The Ball is an organisation which uses the power of football to tackle many issues in deprived areas of Africa.
Our aim is to use football as a vehicle for social development, educating African boys and girls in the process.
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 temptation of drugs and acolchol, both of which are major problems in certain areas of Africa.
We currently have an Under 17's team enrolled in the Zambian Lusaka league. We've provided kit, balls and sent our coaches on courses with the Zambian Football Association.
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..."
Written by Chipo Francine Phiri from Kalingalinga in Lusaka, Zambia
Help us to change lives in Africa
- £5 will help us to provide water and food for a game
- £10 means clean laundry for the whole team for a month
- £300 will give HIV prevention training for a secondary school