On the Ball’ Life Skills curriculum harnesses the game of football and football skills as a language to educate and an analogy for life. The youth participate in football drills and games which serve as metaphors to illustrate lessons about sexual health and life skills. The curriculum was developed by WKU, HIV and health experts, sports scientists and football coaches, and refined through years of experience and feedback from working with African youth.
‘On the Ball’ is run in schools in South Africa during Life Orientation subject time by WKU’s Life Skills Trainers/Counsellors. In Ghana ‘On the Ball’ is run during school PE class.