TackleAfrica was founded in May 2002 by a group of young people from the UK who had all lived or worked in Africa at some point in their lives. They recognised the potential of football as a means of bringing people together, and providing a platform from which to convey hugely important messages about HIV and AIDS.
In early 2007, TackleAfrica piloted a unique way of combining HIV education directly into football coaching drills, publishing the first edition of the HIV education through football coaching manual later the same year. TackleAfrica now supports partners across Africa to work with young people on a range of issues related to HIV, sexual and reproductive health rights and empowerment.
In August 2016, Coaching for Hope became part of TackleAfrica, allowing two of the UK’s leading international sport for development organisations to pool talent, share learning and provide an even better service to young people in Africa.
TackleAfrica is governed by a Trustee Board, and a small staff team in the UK and each of the countries we work in, who support networks of local coaches to deliver sessions to young people in their communities.
We have a thriving volunteer network whose passion for both football and our work greatly increase our capacity and skill-base. Through their commitment, time and enthusiasm, our volunteers assist all aspects of what we do including, football coaching, PR, marketing and fundraising. If you are interested in volunteering for TackleAfrica in the UK or in Africa, please visit https://tackleafrica.org/get-involved/ or contact
TackleAfrica also play an active role in contributing to the wider Sport for Development sector in the UK, as well as being members of a number of HIV-related consortia. We see relationships and partnerships with companies, trusts and other charities as a key way to improve and scale our work. If you’re interested in exploring a partnership with TackleAfrica, please contact
Click here for a list of current TackleAfrica UK partners.