Cross-border payments App Chipper has partnered with AS Roma football club as the official money transfer platform for Africa.
The partnership kicks off with a powerful community impact project between Chipper and AS Roma, who are making special edition AS Roma vs. Chipper footballs.
The balls are handmade in Nairobi, Kenya and designed specifically for the type of pitches football is played on in the region, lasting 8x longer than standard synthetic balls.
The balls will be distributed to grassroots programs in communities facing disadvantage in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as through AS Roma’s youth partners in Nigeria.
AS Roma and Chipper have utilized their respective expertise to design a set of drills which incorporates financial education with football training.
This fun, educational, and creative set of drills will not only be given out with each football but will be made available for free to everyone.
The special edition Chipper x AS Roma balls are being made in partnership with Alive and Kicking, the world’s only not-for-profit ball manufacturer and the only formal ball producer on the African continent.
At the 2018 World Cup, with Italy having failed the qualify for the tournament, Roma famously lent its support to Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, before becoming the first football club in the world to launch dedicated social media accounts in both Pidgin and Swahili, both of which will now be presented by Chipper.
“At Chipper, we wanted a partner that shared our vision for unlocking opportunities and developing football in Africa and, in AS Roma, we have found the perfect fit. Hasan Luongo – VP Growth at Chipper
“We are delighted to welcome Chipper into the AS Roma family,” said Giorgio Brambilla, Commercial Director at AS Roma.
“We have been greatly impressed by what Chipper has already achieved in such a short space of time with their technology and financial solutions. Their plans for the future are hugely ambitious,”