Throughout November and December, the Tackle family has had a tremendous time celebrating World AIDS Day and twenty years of using the power and popularity of football to deliver sexual health and rights resources to young persons across the African continent.
Thanks to our powerful partnerships with Salesforce and Gilead Sciences, we celebrate our past, present and future. What started out in the year 2002 as a youth-led initiative by young persons from the UK we have now spread across Sub-Saharan Africa and are led by young people in Africa for young people in and across the continent.
The Twentieth-anniversary celebrations took place in 10 countries across Africa and Europe and have brought together many stakeholders in celebration of our communities’ achievements, our partnerships, our team members, the young people that have taken part in our programs and our supporters and donors.
Highlights from the UK celebrations include the introduction of our brand refresh which includes the introduction of our new name Tackle and a demonstration of our 5-step method of Sexual Health Through Football Coaching, which was delivered by Chrispus Muganyizi, our Tackle project coordinator visiting from Uganda.
And of course, the celebrations would not be complete without our famous football tournaments. This year with the generous support of our long-time partners Salesforce, we hosted our largest corporate football event which pulled in 25 teams from across the UK raising £20,000 to support our programmes.
Tackle has grown and continues to expand into a large family of dedicated male and female coaches of different ages and backgrounds ready to tackle societal issues around SRHR specific to their communities.
This is one of our proudest achievements in recent times. The shift towards African-led operations in the countries we work in.
We are re-registering with local boards, setting up regional advisory councils and creating regional hubs within Africa: Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire for our West Africa programming, Lusaka in Zambia for Southern Africa, and Kampala Uganda for East Africa.
Today, African staff across the three regions hire their own teams and implement their own programmes. While our European offices are moving towards more of a supportive and fundraising function.
We thank all our supporters for being there with us along this journey of 20 years, here is to 20 more!
We want to thank all our guests for their special words of encouragement and appreciation as it inspires us to realise our purpose; to provide young people living in the countries in which we work with HIV, SRHR, and related support through football programmes and coaching that will have a significant positive impact on decision making and behaviours, in turn limiting the impact of HIV and sexual health issues within communities in Africa.
Watch an exclusive video from our UK World AIDS day celebration.