Right to Dream is a football academy in Ghana. The academy began training a small group of boys in Accra in 1999 and has since expanded to include a residential school and training facility. The Mansour Group owned it as of 2021.
Tom Vernon, who had been Manchester United’s head scout in Africa, launched Right to Dream Academy in 1999. It began on a tiny scale, and unlike most juvenile academies, it operated without the assistance of a professional team, beginning training a small number of boys who were initially housed at Vernon’s home. Some of the scouts and other staff members were unpaid volunteers.
In 2004, the group began offering athletic scholarships in collaboration with US boarding high schools.
In 2010, the group constructed a new site in Ghana’s Eastern Region, south of Akosombo. It will be an all-scholarship residential school for promising players from all around West Africa starting in 2021.
In their 2013 ranking of youth academies, Bleacher Report placed it 15th.  In 2013, the first girls’ youth system in Africa was established. Right to Dream Academy opened the first Right to Dream school in Takoradi in 2014. FC Nordsjaelland was purchased by Right to Dream in 2015.
Tullow Oil Ghana, Mantrac Ghana, Ashoka, and the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation were among the 2015 partners.
Mansour Group stated in 2021 that it had invested $120 million in a takeover and was launching a new company called ManSports.
Right to Dream teams compete in events around Europe on a regular basis.
In the Netherlands, the Right to Dream U15s won the 26th edition of the Marveld Tournament. Right to Dream Academy’s U15 squad won the TopC-RKMSV tournament in the Netherlands in 2015. The Academy competed in the Gothia Cup in 2013 and 2014, finishing third in 2013 and winning in 2014. Right to Dream returned to the Gothia Cup in 2015 and successfully defended their championship, making the Academy the first team in history to win the Gothia Tipselit Trophy twice in a row.
Since the 2008 event, the Academy has won the African championship and so preserved the privilege to represent Africa each year.
Right to Dream has finished in the top eight of the Manchester United Premier Cup World Finals five times, competing against the greatest football teams from Manchester United, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid. In 2009, the Academy finished third, while in 2014, it finished fourth. For the first time in their existence, Right to Dream won the Manchester United Premier Cup world finals in 2015.
Right To Dream were appointed Peace Ambassadors in 2010 and were asked to compete in a tournament during the Nobel Peace Prize Weekend that year.
On their European Tours in 2015, Right to Dream U18 and U15 went undefeated for a total of 42 games.
Africans, both boys and girls, are given scholarships to study at the purpose-built Academy on the banks of the Volta River. Every two years, 15–20 students are chosen from a pool of 30,000 trialists, based on their physical talent as well as their academic performance, to study and train at the Academy on a full scholarship. Right to Dream’s International School is a Cambridge International Examinations approved center. A combination of local and foreign curriculums is also available at the Academy.
In September 2015, the first Right to Dream School opened in Takoradi. Right to Dream and a renowned private school in each identified location collaborate on the program.
Right to Dream USA is a 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States that places students from Right to Dream Academy on athletic scholarships at US boarding schools and universities.
Graduates Of Right To Dream Academy
Godfred Saka, Mohammed Abu, David Accam, Geoffrey Acheampong, Bismark Adjei-Boateng, Enoch Adu, Prince Agyemang, Thomas Agyepong, Ernest Agyiri, Thomas Agyiri, Clinton Antwi, Frank Arhin, Isaac Atanga, Francis Atuahene, Keanin Ayer, Fifi Baiden, Emmanuel Boateng, Kelvin Boateng, Ousseni Bouda, Abu Danladi, George Davies, Mohammed Diomande, Emmanule Ogura, Godsway Donyoh, Kingsley Fobi, Adama Fofana, Tiemoko Fofana, King Osei Gyan, Enock Kwakwa, Mohammed Kudus, Evans Mensah, Gideon Mensah, Samuel Mensiro, Divine Naah, Emmanuel Ntim, Razak Nuhu, Rashid Nuhu, Dominic Oduro, Kelvin Ofori, Edward Opoku, Umar Farouk Osman, Daniel Owusu, Ibrahim Sadiq, Haruna Shaibu, Kamal Sowah, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Collins Tanor, Michael Tetteh, Ema Twumasi, Oscar Umar, Abdul Majeed Waris, Maxwell Woledzi, Joshua Yaro, Yaw Yeboah.
Right to Dream Academy Address
Right to Dream Academy
Old Akrade, Eastern Region
Footballers admitted for Right to Dream Academy open trials or recruitment should be between 9 to 18 years for both boys and girls.
Right to Dream Academy Phone Numbers
+233202220286 / +233244046721 — Prince Boafo (Recruitment Head)