A NEW twinning partnership between Wrexham AFC and Kick4Life FC in Lesotho will seek to foster international cooperation and exchange between the clubs. 

Wrexham and Kick4Life aim to work together to strengthen their community impact, with coaching exchanges, jointly promoting women's football, and co-development and delivery of a new 'Football for Good' curriculum covering health, education, social inclusion and employability.

Over the next three years, the partnership will reach 3,000 vulnerable children and young people across both communities. The club twinning builds on a national twinning between Wales, and Lesotho in southern Africa, which was born at a meeting in Wrexham in 1984. It was based on similarities between the two nations related to size, landscape, population, bilingualism and cultural heritage.

The 'Wales-Lesotho Link' has since seen various collaborative projects, including educational and creative exchanges, bringing benefits for people in both nations, promoting cultural awareness and understanding, and facilitating a two-way flow of ideas and knowledge.

Humphrey Ker, executive cirector of Wrexham AFC, said: “The link between Wales and Lesotho, signed in Wrexham, meant that when this opportunity was conceived, we had to take advantage of it.

"We have an overarching goal of connecting the Wrexham community to the world and this is the first step on that journey. I am excited to be attending the launch event and representing the club.”


Steve Fleming, Kick4Life co-founder, said: "This is a truly unique partnership between two football clubs with a shared ambition to have a positive social impact in their communities.

"There is so much we can learn from each other and we look forward to demonstrating how two football clubs, in very different parts of the world, can work together to change lives."

Motlatsi Nkhahle, Kick4Life's country director, added: "We are two clubs with very different histories, and separated by nearly 6,000 miles, but united by a common commitment to, and connection with, their local communities.

"Anyone who has watched the Welcome to Wrexham documentary series will know the enormous importance of the club to the people of Wrexham. And those who are familiar with our work at Kick4Life will be aware of our club's dedication to achieving social change here in the Mountain Kingdom.”

The partnership is being supported by the British High Commission to the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Harry MacDonald, High Commissioner, said: “Kick4Life has achieved tremendous things on the pitch and more importantly off it to change lives of young people in Lesotho.

"The partnership with Wrexham AFC brings one of the most exciting football clubs in the world alongside Kick4Life and means more young people than ever in Lesotho will develop life skills and football opportunities.

"Wrexham AFC are expanding the proud traditions of Wales and its friendships here in the Mountain Kingdom." 

As part of the partnership, Kick4Life will also oversee the Lesotho Wrexham Supporters Club which will be launched at a screening of the Wrexham v Harrogate match at Kick4Life’s No.7 Restaurant on Tuesday, March 12.