Mantrac Ghana, the authorised dealer for Caterpillar products in Ghana, has handed over the “Mantrac Centre” – a state-of-the-art training facility, at Old Akrade, in the Eastern region – to Right to Dream Academy (RtD).
The Centre consists of four full-sized pitches and four 8-a-side fields across five acres of land aimed at helping Africa’s premier football academy prepare adequately for international tournaments as well as put them ahead of others.
The Founder and CEO of RtD Tom Vernon described the pitches as “the best football facility in Africa.”
“I am hugely encouraged by the collaboration with Mantrac Ghana,” he added. “Their generosity and support of the Right to Dream Academy is a great example of the positive impact the private sector can make in the development of young African talent.”
As part of the support, Mantrac has also helped with the road construction work at the academy including the site preparation for the construction of the RtD Girls’ dormitory, contributing to the successful establishment of Africa’s first residential girls’ academy in May 2013.
The managing director of Mantrac Ghana Emad Adeeb said: “Mantrac Ghana has played a vital role in the total development of Ghana for the past 75 years. We do not just provide world class construction & Mining Equipment, but also invest in people.”
“The Right to Dream Academy fits perfectly in our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy – to impact our communities with sustainable initiatives that will travel beyond Ghana.
“This marks the first stage of our collaboration with RtD Academy, which comes at a crucial time for Ghana football, as it looks towards the World Cup in Brazil. We are proud that RtD is developing strong, self-disciplined footballers, who can go on to have a significant impact on the male and female national teams.”
Officials of the Ghana Football Association and the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana including Anthony Baffoe and Stephen Appiah graced the occasion.
Twenty-four RtD graduates have signed professional football contracts with top clubs such as Manchester City with 17 more playing a role in Ghana’s national teams including Abdul Majeed Waris, who scored three goals in helping Ghana to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.