Young people in Linda have limited options for work and education and can easily fall prey to drugs, drink and criminality. Football offers them a great opportunity to channel their energies positively and helps them to work together.
As well as running Light of Hope Health Care, John Shawa also looks after the Light of Hope Football Association. There are two soccer teams – one for the boys and one for the girls – and both play in a local league with growing success. There is also now a netball team of boys and girls playing tournament netball, in a higher league, which involves most matches being played away. VisionZambia provides regular financial support to help with registration fees and transport and has also provided equipment from Fulham Football Club.