A football academy in Ghana is giving youngsters the opportunity to be a success on and off the playing field.
The “Right to Dream Academy,” in the city of Kumasi, was set up in 1999 by British football coach Tom Vernon. But unlike most football academies, it puts as much emphasis on education as football, and its graduates are as likely to gain scholarships to U.S. universities as they are to play professional football.
It was while coaching teams in the Ghanaian Premier League that Vernon realized the country had a wealth of enthusiastic and talented young football players, but a lack of opportunities for them to develop their sporting ability and get an education.
“I was struck by the talent of the kids and the lack of potential being fulfilled when they get to premier league level,” he told CNN.
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