Kenya is where it all started for Alive and Kicking. We have made over 300,000 balls since 2004, employ more than 70 people and run regular health awareness and social inclusion programmes.
When UEFA donated 81,000 balls across every country in Africa from 2005, each one was hand-stitched at our Kenyan workshop.
We have built national retail partnerships with Kenya’s biggest supermarkets and our deal with Nakumatt also takes them to Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.
2012 saw our first major retail partnership outside of Africa. Balls For Africa with John Lewis led to 3,600 Kenyan-made balls being sold in the UK and the same number donated across Kenya.
In 2015, 80 coaches in the Western Province were trained to deliver health educative football drills to their teams.
We run a number of innovative social programmes and tournaments, including a national poster campaign, football for the visually impaired, and peace and reconciliation projects.
Alive and Kicking Zambia became our second stitching centre in 2007. It currently enjoys remarkable retail success, keeps 40 people in work and runs health roadshows across the country.
Operating on the site of Zambeef, the supplier of our all-important leather, Alive and Kicking Zambia currently makes 25,000 balls a year and employs over 40 people.
We are enjoying consistent success in terms of sales, with our leather balls considered the most durable and suitable for Zambian conditions.
Through retail partnerships with Spar, Shoprite and Pick N Pay, and donation programmes with numerous charity partners, our locally-made balls reach every corner of the country.
Zambia has one of the highest HIV rates in the world – 12.5% of adults live with the virus – and so a large part of our focus has been on sports-based health education.
Alive and Kicking Zambia has run successful health roadshows every year since 2012, training community coaches to deliver educative training drills across Lusaka Province, Central Province and the Copperbelt.
Alive and Kicking Ghana has achieved considerable success since opening in 2012; 40 jobs created, two health roadshows, and partnerships with Stephen Appiah, Arsenal in the Community and Comic Relief.
Building on our success in Kenya and Zambia, Alive and Kicking Ghana became our third stitching centre when it opened its doors in 2012.
We currently employ 40 people in Accra, and make roughly 1,000 balls a month.
We have supplied major corporate and NGO clients, including UNICEF, Milo and F4WASH.
In December 2014, we launched the ‘Tornado’ in partnership with former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah.
Made from almost entirely locally sourced materials, the Tornado saw money from every sale going directly to supporting The Stephen Appiah Foundation’s charitable projects.
There are 3.5 million cases of malaria in Ghana every year, and we have made through football-based education.
We have run two health awareness projects so far, training local coaches to deliver health educative training drills.
The first, beginning in December 2014, trained 64 local coaches in Accra. The second , and included support from Arsenal in the Community.
Our head office in London supports the three country operations by sourcing funding for start-up and health programmes and by managing international sales, partnerships and strategy.
All revenue generated within Africa stay in Africa, so the UK office relies on charitable grants and donations.