Lily has been coming to girls football since we held an after school club at her school in 2018. She is now 8 years old and loves football. She attends every event we host and our weekly activities. Her family do not attend church but are very happy about the confidence she has developed and friendships she has made.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners, like Ambassadors Football, working faithfully to build communities & help children, like Lily, play.

I am highlighting our recent NW Football Ministries camp with Thrive International in Spokane, WA. Thrive is an offshoot of World Relief, who we have partnered with for 3 years now. We host a summer soccer camp for refugee youth every year. This year we served 60 kids, representing 10 different countries. The kids received a pair of cleats, soccer socks, shin guards and a soccer ball from Park SC.

The new USL team in Spokane also came out to highlight the camp and tell some of the kids’ stories. On the final day of camp, the team brought out the USA National Women’s Armed Forces soccer team. They played in the tournament alongside the kids. The local news featured the camp too!

I also forgot to include that Soccer Chaplains United sent me with a bunch of Colorado Rapids gear to give out to the kids at the camp. I started working with SCU in late 2020. I serve as the chaplain for the Tacoma Defiance – the Sounders second team. 

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in the USA & around the world working faithfully to build communities & help children play.

Since the beginning of the year we have been training churches in Community Football Outreach. We hosted eight training events on zoom, resulting 3 churches starting football programs since January 2022. Three more are starting in the next few weeks. Some of these are in low income communities in England.

At the same time we hosted the Children’s London Churches Football Tournament (LCFT) last Saturday (May 14th). 23 churches sent teams. 43 New Testaments were given away, mainly to children who did not attend church.

We have started to develop a specific work for women’s football. Just before Easter we hosted a football tournament for girls aged 7-11. 38 girls took part, of whom 30 did not attend church. They heard the ‘hot seat’ interview with a local pastor and all the feedback we received was positive about attending another tournament later in the summer and a camp in Lancaster.

Over the summer we will host more camps than ever before – across Great Britain. Ball Project equipment and balls will be used at all these camps. This follows two years where there was a lot of disruption due to the restrictions associated with Covid-19.

Weekly activities continue in London, Lancaster, Morecambe, Glasgow and Manchester.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners, like Ambassadors Football, working faithfully to build communities & help children play.

Help children play

“Give me a ball and I’ll have a thousand kids chasing after it.” –Solomon, Kenya

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