Project Update: Africa On The Ball

Andrew Jenkin from Africa On The Ball sent me some excellent updates on their project in Zambia so I wanted to share these with you.

* Africa On The Ball F.C (AOTB F.C) started the new league campaign with a 1-0 win away to Mountain Youths Academy in Western Lusaka. A fantastic start for the club considering that Africa On The Ball F.C are participating in the amateur league for the first following last season’s promotion from the U-17 Lusaka Provincial League. Read more…

* Africa On The Ball F.C (AOTBFC) played their first home league game as an amateur side when they hosted Oriental F.C at Kalingalinga Basic School Ground, Lusaka, Zambia. The two teams played out a two all draw. Read more about the match here.

* Check out the team’s new kits below:

* Africa On The Ball has recently posted information on how to get involved as a volunteer with their organization. There are four positions available. Learn more here.

* Africa On The Ball got a boost of some fantastic publicity recently from a piece in the magazine, Mitoo Football Revolution. Here’s a few quotes from the article:

“We wanted to use football as a tool to help many of these unfortunate young African children, so we’re funding and supporting teams in communities where we feel we can make a difference,” says Jenkin. “We’re using our teams as a platform for the children to learn about communication, leadership, discipline and the values of life such as working hard.”

“Sports like football speak to youth in a way no other form of discipline can. It is through organisations like Africa on the Ball that we will see a substantial amount of advancement and development toward a brighter future.”

* Africa On The Ball has a new mascot and they need some suggestions for a name. Help them out!

* Finally a request from Andrew for some help with a project he’s involved in with Youth Football Scotland (a nonprofit one-stop resource for all things concerning youth football in Scotland).

They’re currently publishing a series of articles about youth football around the world to compare and contrast to that of Scotland. They’ve currently published 8 articles from countries.

They’re looking to publish more articles. If you’ve had any experiences of working in youth football around the world and think you could comment on the set up around it, or whether you fancy researching and turning your hand at it, please get in touch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Anyone that is interested can contact Andrew at ajenkin[at]youthfootballscotland[dot]co[dot]uk

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