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Scottish charity appeals for football donations to help keep Zambia clubs on the ball

Monday, 23 July 2018

A Scottish charity is appealing for donations of football kit and equipment for a girls’ club in Zambia.

Africa on the Ball supports disadvantaged communities through football and a recent crowdfunding campaign raised £1,000 to buy a 40ft container which will be shipped to Zambia.

Now it is urgently calling on individuals and football teams to help fill the container by donating old or unwanted kit and other items.

Andrew Jenkin, co-founder of Africa on the Ball said: “It is really difficult for local teams in Zambia to get matching kit and training equipment with very limited or no sources of funding available to them.

“The donation will make a huge difference to teams across the country, helping to boost players’ confidence by making them feel more like a team.  We would also welcome donations of other equipment such as second hand bikes so we can deliver our football outreach programme to deprived areas such as the local orphanage and rural areas.

“We’ve already started received donations but we have a huge container to fill, so we’re appealing to clubs across Scotland in particular to get in touch if they’re able to contribute. You could help make a real difference to teams in Zambia.”

The container will be shipped to Zambia by the end of this year.

Donations can be dropped off at the Supporters Direct Scotland office at 118 North Main Street, Carronshore, Falkirk, FK2 8HU. Alternatively, email info@africaontheball.org to arrange a collection, or visit www.africaontheball.org/donate/ to make a cash donation.

Africa on the Ball was set up six years ago and works to advance education, healthcare and enterprise through sport, including the formation of the K-Town Queens, a girls team in Lusaka, Zambia.

The charity aims to help locals obtain better access to basic health and education facilities by covering the cost of check-ups and HIV/AIDs testing and providing scholarships to pay for school fees.

Its leadership programme teaches players about being role models and highlights the importance of goal setting, education and helping within the community.