Mandela: The Official Exhibition and the anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out are joining together to give as many people as possible the chance to learn more about one of the world’s most inspirational leaders.

The partnership will see Kick It Out and exhibition organisers offer free tickets to the ground-breaking exhibition to football clubs and charity partners in the London area.

Anyone who books tickets using the KICKIT1250 promotional code will receive a £2.50 discount. Kick It Out will also receive a £1 donation from every sale.

The display, which runs at the 26 Leake Street gallery in London until June 2, offers a never-before-seen glimpse into the life of Africa’s most famous freedom fighter and politician.

His story is told from the very beginning in his rural childhood home through years of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime, to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.

The exhibition draws on hundreds of artefacts, as well as original photography supplied by family and friends. Much of this is on public display for the first time.

Video testimonies of pioneers from the British Anti-Apartheid movement from politics and music, including Lord Peter Hain and Jerry Dammers, also feature alongside memories of Madiba by Lewis Hamilton, Richard Branson and Lennox Lewis.

Mandela declared “football was the only joy to prisoners” when reflecting on his time spent imprisoned on Robben Island.

Just hours after he was sworn in as South Africa’s first black President in 1994 he watched Bafana Bafana play Zambia, giving a team talk on the pitch at half-time.

Mandela not only loved the game, but understood its power to break down barriers and bring people together.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out’s founder and chair, said: “Mandela’s values and commitment to making the world a better place are just as vital now as they were during his lifetime. He was a hero to millions.

“His values are perfectly aligned with those of Kick It Out. I urge anyone who cares about equality, justice and the power of sport to go and see the show.”

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, said: “The Royal House of Mandela is delighted to endorse this exhibition honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as it truly captures the spirit of our global icon whose name has become synonymous with international solidarity, justice and peace.”

Any clubs who want tickets should email [email protected]. 26 Leake Street and Mandela: The Official Exhibition are also offering corporate entertainment packages including Prosecco, South African-inspired canapés and entertainment, alongside a tour of the exhibition.

For details, contact [email protected] or call 020 7928 4944. More information about the exhibition and Kick It Out can be found at mandelaexhibition.com and kickitout.org.