Right to Dream Academy (RtD) has established the first residential Girls’ Academy in Africa at Old Akrade in the Eastern region of Ghana.
Nine brilliant girls’ were handed five-year scholarships following the completion of the final phase of recruitment to find the first generation of students into the famed RtD Academy.
The girls are between the ages of 10 to 13.
Right to Dream’s scouting network screened over 1000 girls in Ghana and Ivory Coast to select the best female talents available for the ambitious project over the last months, before the selected students were given a six-week residential trial.
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Right to Dream, Tom Vernon said that the Girls’ Academy is a very significant project for Africa.
“It’s a landmark event in African football. The whole world is behind in developing the girls’ game and maybe lagging at the back of that as well,” he said.
“So I think it’s a significant step. We have been trendsetters in other areas of youth football in Ghana and we hopefully we can be trendsetters in this area as well.”
The Girls’ programme opens another chapter in the history of RtD which has nurtured some of the best talents in male football in Ghana since 1999.
“Now it’s a dual Academy and we have boys’ and girls’ here. That is the way it is going to be in the future even if we develop other sports,” Vernon added.
The RtD Girls’ Academy is a unique programme, built on a trusted model that will provide the students with first class education, character and leadership development and world class football development.