Who we are

By 2030, every young person we work with is inspired to realise their full potential, shape their own future and drive transformative change.
Empowering young people to become agents of change, we harness the power of football to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and climate resilience. Through inclusive and engaging programmes, we foster a culture of respect, equality and sustainability, enabling young people to thrive and drive positive impact in their communities.
We achieve this by building strong partnerships with local organisations, governments, and stakeholders, leveraging their expertise and resources to amplify our impact and create lasting change.

Empowering young people since 2005

Inspired by the Welsh wizard Ryan Giggs, who’s brilliance on the field undoubtedly elevated football to a whole new audience – WhizzKids United set about inspiring young people through our mantra ‘for the good in the game’.

WKU has been a leader in providing young people sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including HIV prevention, treatment, and support since its inception in 2005.

How it works

What we do

Africaid’s WhizzKids United (WKU) is a community-based NGO that has used football to drive positive youth outcomes for over 20 years in Northern Ghana. Based at the WKU ‘Carlos Guerra’ Academy, WKU champions ‘football for good’ as a dynamic enabler of health, education, gender equality, employability, and climate action, contributing to UN SDGs 3-5, 8, and 13. The WKU Academy also houses a youth-friendly sexual health clinic. WKU’s social enterprise model generates profits to reinvest in their high-impact ‘football for good’ programs, built on strong local partnerships.

Coping under pressure football academy

Youth tested for HIV and/or TB


Meals served to Orphans or Vulnerable children


Youth received sexual and reproductive health services


Youth graduated from WKU ‘On the Ball’ life skills curriculum


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Our Projects

WhizzKids United delivers a plethora of award-winning programmes, which successfully harness football as a tool to drive positive youth outcomes. These football-based programmes address sexual and reproductive health and rights, female welfare, gender equality, life-skills development, learning through play and climate action. In addition, WKU’s academy provides a safe space for sexual health and family planning services for youth and adolescents.

Health Academy

WKU Health Academies are our very own adolescent youth friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights clinics.

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On the ball

‘On the Ball’ Life Skills curriculum harnesses the game of football and football skills as a language to educate and an analogy for life.

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A Level Playing Field

WKU’s latest programme addressing gender equality


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Girl on the ball

Girls On the Ball empowerment programme serves to develop football activities for girls and use participation in organised football activities to teach life skills…

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Supported by:

Street Football
Health Dept SA
Charlize Theron outreach project