Africa on the Ball launches unique Supporters' Club
Alliance member, Africa on the Ball, which changes lives across Africa through the power of football, launched a unique supporters’ club today, 6th November 2018.
The Scottish charity provides access to schools, employment opportunities and healthcare education to African communities by supporting and growing grass-roots football clubs.
Joining the supporters’ club gives the public the opportunity to get into the football business by sponsoring Kalingalinga on the Ball FC and members of its community programmes and initiatives, from only £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 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.
In Zambia, the average life expectancy is under 40 years old, which is why it was chosen as the country to focus on for Africa on the Ball’s first project.
Andrew Jenkin, Founding Trustee of Africa on the Ball said:
“Our aspiration is to be the best community sports club in the world, using the unique ability of football to advance education, healthcare and enterprise throughout African communities and to positive change lives. "
"Although we’re a relatively small charity, we hope the Supporters Club will help us drastically grow our reach and impact throughout the continent while offering donors a unique and engaging experience with our work."
There are four levels of membership, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum at £4, £10, £15 and £20 a month respectively, and supporters receive a range of benefits including personal video messages from the players, access to VIP functions and sponsors’ names on the kit.