28 June 2016

The 'Africa on the Ball' first team show their support for the campaign
The ‘Africa on the Ball’ first team show their support for the campaign

Saturday 25th June saw the final date of our 2015/16 ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ tour of Scottish football clubs and fans groups.

‘The Bungo’ in Shawlands was the venue for the event as part of the end of season festivities for the ‘Africa on the Ball’ charity football team. Africa on the Ball is a Scottish based charity which seeks to use football to help young people in Africa to overcome challenges and to support them in building a brighter future

Broadcaster and author Daniel Gray entertained the audience with exclusive readings from his new football book, which is to be published in the autumn. After a ‘Q&A’ featuring guests reminiscing about their favourite football memories the audience competed in the cult Kiss Bigotry Goodbye football quiz including rounds on the Scotland National Team, African Football and The European Championships.

During the tour Nil by Mouth has visited Leith, Ayrshire, Bellshill, Galashiels, Selkirk, Dumfries, Glasgow, Falkirk and Bathgate meeting fans of different clubs to celebrate the ‘beautiful game’. Hundreds of supporters have attended the events, providing the charity with the opportunity to tell them more about its various campaigns and educational programmes. Support from the Scottish Government ensured these events were free of charge

Reflecting on the highly successful tour Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

“Some of the most iconic figures in football history hail from Scotland and the game is a hugely significant part of our culture. The behaviour of football fans can often attract negative headlines but we know that the vast majority of fans simply want to support their team and enjoy the beautiful game.

There are many brilliant people involved in the game who run supporters buses, wash kits, drive kids to matches, coach teams free of charge and work behind the scenes at our clubs. This tour was a celebration of them and a chance for us all to focus on how the game brings people together each week. We all have our different teams and differing opinions, but we’re all united by this love of the game, and its eccentricities. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the joy, and forget that football isn’t always the problem – it can be part of the solution.

We are thrilled that hundreds of fans have taken part in this tour and delighted that many of them have liked our Facebook page or followed us on twitter to keep up to date with our work. We are also very grateful to both Daniel Gray and the Scottish Government, without whom this tour couldn’t have happened.”

For more information on the work of Africa on the Ball visit: http://africaontheball.org