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Spreading the message through sport

29 September 2006

More than 7,000 Kenyan children have been made aware of Aids prevention, thanks to the work of a Bristol graduate who has spent the last six months on the road in Africa.

More than 7,000 Kenyan children have been made aware of Aids prevention, thanks to the work of a Bristol graduate who has spent the last six months on the road in Africa.

Ben Ramsbottom, 24, has just returned to England after taking his scheme called the Gaffer Project to schools in the Kasigau and Maungu regions of Kenya.

Gaffer stands for Goalposts And Footballs for East Africa, and Ben provided a mixture of Aids prevention lessons and football coaching to children. He also provided football equipment, including specially designed puncture proof balls featuring Aids awareness messages. In addition, he set up the Kasigau Champions League which now provides competitive football for 402 men playing in 12 teams, drawn from villages across the region.

Ben said: β€˜It has been a lot more successful than I thought it would have been. The best thing is that we have brought all the villages together through football and got across an important health message to a lot of people.’

'The best thing is that we have brought all the villages together through football and got across an important health message to a lot of people.’