Delegation visits Accra project

by Stuart Vose

Club officials drop in on Alive and Kicking workshop.

Commercial director Gary Hutchinson led a delegation to visit a social enterprise project in Accra as the trip to Ghana continues.

Alive and Kicking is an organisation which produces hand-made sports balls in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana.

The project has a workshop in the Ghanaian capital which provides employment for local people, provides a locally-made product and helps to raise health awareness.

The delegation, who are in Africa to deepen the club's relationship with the continent, were shown all aspects of the Alive and Kicking operation, met staff and were given a demonstration of how to hand-make a football.

Sunderland have purchased some Alive and Kicking footballs as well as making a donation to the workers, while discussions were held regarding working together in the future.

Alive and Kicking was established in 2004 by the late Jim Cogan OBE. His vision was to see the large scale production of sports balls in Africa – to use the continent’s passion for football to boost local economies, provide children with the right equipment to play and to use sport to help combat the spread of deadly disease.