Liapeng Raliengoane

LESOTHO, Maseru – Wrexham Association Football Club (AFC) from Wales, in the United Kingdom and Kick4life Football Club in Lesotho, Southern Africa, announced a new partnership between these two community focused football clubs at a press briefing in Maseru Lesotho today.

The two clubs aim to work together to strengthen their community impact with coaching exchanges, jointly promoting women’s football and co-development, delivery of a new “Football for Good” curriculum, covering health, education, social inclusion and employability.

It was also revealed at this conference that over the next three years, this partnership is expected to reach 3 000 vulnerable children and young people across both communities.

This partnership is being supported by the British High Commission to the Kingdom of Lesotho with the High Commissioner, His Excellency Harry MacDonald disclosing that the partnership with Wrexham AFC brings one of the most exciting football clubs in the world alongside Kick4life and means more young people than ever in Lesotho will develop life skills and football opportunities.

“Kick4life has achieved tremendous things on the pitch and more importantly off it to change lives of young people in Lesotho,” H.E MacDonald added.

Wrexham AFC Executive Director Humphrey Key reiterated that they have the main goal of connecting the Wrexham community to the world and this is the first step on that journey. With Lesotho being the first where Wrexham AFC launches a global partnership.

“I am excited to be attending the launch and to also be representing Wrexham AFC,” he uttered with excitement.

Kick4life Country Director Motlatsi Nkhahle uttered that the two clubs are have two different histories and are separated by nearly 6 000 miles but they are united by a common commitment and connection with their local communities.

Wrexham AFC in North Wales is one of the world’s oldest football clubs, purchased in 2020 by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The club’s charitable trust delivers a range of community interventions including providing access to football sessions for marginalized groups, tackling anti-social behaviour and promoting gender equality.

Kick4life is a charity and football club based in Lesotho which delivers a range of football-based programmes for vulnerable children and young people covering health, education, life-skills, gender equality and employability.