A non-profit organization called Right to Dream (RtD) was founded in 1999. It was conceived with to identify and nurture role models; to provide young, talented Africans the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the capacity to claim a better future. RtD accomplishes this is by developing and deepening the continent’s pool of intelligent, talented football players, who can have a transformative impact on the development of communities across Africa.
The Academy has evolved over the last year, having started on a small scale, training just a few boys on a dust pitch in Accra. Today the Academy is fully-residential with 92 students from seven African countries, based at a purpose-built campus on the banks of the River Volta.
At RtD, football is neither the sole, nor the primary focus. The Academy utilizes an innovative three-pronged development approach, each with equal weight, to ensure students have the best possible opportunity to succeed: football coaching, education and character development.
Since it was established, Right to Dream has helped to develop over 160 individuals; over 20 playing professional football in Europe, including National team striker Abdul Majeed Waris, and over 40 graduates studying on scholarship at leading High Schools and Universities in the US and UK. Those who do not go on to play professional football or study overseas still graduate with a Cambridge-accredited education.
In May 2013, RtD made history by opening the first residential girls’ football academy in Africa. The Academy is pioneering real change for girls in Ghana by creating a comprehensive program to support the future female role models of Ghana. In April 2014, RtD student Fuseina Mumuni was part of the team representing Ghana at the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup held in Costa Rica.
RtD currently has 92 Academy students studying on scholarship. They aim to increase this number to 240 students through the expansion of the organization and the recruitment system. This is where Capco comes in; working very hard over a six-month period to create the Operating and Financial model that would enable this expansion.
Through the creation of a Financial and Operating Model, Capco successfully enabled the development of seven RtD satellite academies in five different countries. This effort will result in:
Click below to watch our Consultant on the ground, Adam Featherstone, telling his experience: