Using Sport for Social Change: Introducing Monrovia Football Academy

Monrovia Football Academy
Monrovia Football Academy is the newest columnist to join the team to bring you football from the Academy View


Hello from Liberia! We are Monrovia Football Academy, the first school in Liberia to combine high-quality education with professional football development. Since opening in October 2015, the Academy has been using football as a positive-incentive mechanism to improve academic performance, break down gender barriers, and produce strong leaders.

In the 2016-17 school year, we have 29 boys and 19 girls, ages 8-13, in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Our students are with us from 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday, with football training in the morning, lunch at noon, and academic classes in the afternoon.


Monrovia 3rd grader Christina Woart reads

Monrovia Football Academy 3rd grader Christina Woart reads Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey’s children’s book, Gbagba


We are thrilled to be teaming up with! Beginning this May, we will publish a monthly column that explores the opportunities and challenges associated with managing a football academy in Liberia.

From interviews with Academy leadership, to detailed descriptions of our academic curriculum, to footage of our students on the pitch and in the classroom, we will offer a wide range of exciting, up-to-date content.


Monrovia FA training

Monrovia Football Academy football training


Keep an eye out for our first full article next month! We’ll be describing the key challenges facing Liberian youth and explaining how our creative approach to high-quality education is addressing them.

See you then!

PS: In the meantime, be sure to check us out on social media!

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