Right to Dream launch Africa's first ever girls Academy
Right To Dream Launch Africa?s First Girls Academy In Ghana  

By Ameenu Shardow

Business24

Right to Dream have launched the first ever residential girls academy in Africa.

The academy inducted nine U13 girls into its first ever female academy on Monday.

Six of the girls have received a full five-year scholarship with the Academy which covers tuition, accommodation, feeding, tours abroad, football kits and uniforms.

Over 1000 hopefuls were screened in Ghana and Ivory Coast to arrive at the current number of nine for the launch but up to three more are expected to arrive to make the official tentative number of 12.

Right to Dream chief Executive Tom Vernon hailed the significant development of the academy which has produced several football stars since its introduction in 1999.

?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,? Vernon said at a ceremony to launch the girls academy.

?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.

?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.?

The girls will also get the chance to play professional football with clubs abroad and further with their education abroad based on academic performances.

RtD have been responsible for nurturing the talents of Abdul Majeed Waris, Mohammed Abu and King Osei Gyan who have all played for the Black Stars.

Three scholars; Thomas Agyepong, Nana Fobi and Yaw Yeboah were part of the Black Starlets team that took part in the recent CAF U-17 Championship in Morocco.

The academy currently has 32 graduates studying at leading private boarding schools, universities and colleges in the USA and UK.

Fifteen others are playing professional football in Europe and in the USA.

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