Alive and Kicking was the very proud winner of the International Impact Award at the inaugural Football For Good Awards held in London on the 2nd of December.
The Awards, organised by Coaching for Hope, saw approximately 130 nominations from all around the world – the short-list for the International Impact Award included GOALS Haiti and Coaches Across Continents.
The Award is great recognition for the Alive and Kicking team – all 150 of our staff who work hard each day to make proper footballs from local materials for sale and donation in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana.
The Award recognises the fact that not only does Alive and Kicking use football as an education tool to teach young people about preventable diseases like HIV and malaria, but it also uses football to create economic value in local communities. We create proper, full time, fairly paid, permanent jobs. Our staff use their regular monthly salaries to improve their housing conditions, pay for their children’s and siblings school fees and cover unexpected medical costs for their extended families.
This dual purpose, with immediate tangible benefits of our work, swayed the judges.
A full list of the winners can be found here – http://coachingforhope.org/football-for-good-awards-2015/
But perhaps the highlight of the evening was meeting Rachel Yankey – Arsenal and England football superstar – and meeting Fatboy Slim, who was there to celebrate with all the winners.