ZamBam Sports – Bamboo shin guards changing lives

ZamBam Sports – Bamboo shin guards changing lives

Photo: © ZamBam Sports

Students from Germany develop sustainable shin guards “made in Zambia” to be marketed through a Buy-1-Sponsor-1 scheme,  benefiting African youth soccer teams

Frederik Hornung is a passionate soccer player. When he spent a year with a soccer club in Zambia through the Weltwärts program, he noticed that many children and young people were playing without shin guards and frequently injuring themselves. This gave him the idea of making shin guards from bamboo, a locally abundant raw material.
Back in Germany, he founded the ZamBam Sports project via the Enactus university team at the University of Augsburg. The aim: to develop a social enterprise that produces high-quality shin guards “made in Zambia” through partners and sells them in Europe. The local soccer clubs in Zambia will then also benefit from a buy-1-sponsor-1 model, as their players – equipped with ZamBam Guards – will be able to move more safely on the pitch.

Our goal is to make the world of soccer more sustainable and to provide players with affordable sport gears. Our motto is “Fair soccer for all” – fair for our workers, fair for the environment, fair for the sport
Frederik Hornung, Co-Founder

ZamBam Sports shows in an impressive way how it is possible for students to take the initiative and develop new solutions that change the world for the better. With their alternative made from renewable raw materials as well as great added value and social benefits in the manufacturing countries, they show that there are good alternatives to conventional plastic shin guards. They are now looking for active supporters to help them take this step and turn the university project into a self-sustaining company that can also reliably supply large distribution partners. The demand is there.

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Contribution to the 17 Global Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production

Plastic-free, biodegradable alternative to conventional shin guards

Good Health and Wellbeing

Protective guards for all soccer players, regardless of income

Climate Action

Climate-neutral production

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Creation of new, fair paid jobs in Zambia

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Role model for fair and sustainable supply chains, challenging the sports industry

Partnerships for the Goals

Active consumerism through buy-1-sponsor-1 model.




Photos: ©ZamBam Sports