RTD constructs astro turf in K’si
Right To Dream (RTD) Academy, which had nurtured many football talents, including Black Stars striker David Accam has constructed a multi-purpose astro turf in Kumasi to give many children a new lease of life.
The synthetic pitch, the second to be constructed by the academy after a similar one in Takoradi, was named ‘David Accam Community Pitch’; to reflect Accam’s status as one of the most outstanding graduates from the school. It brings the country’s synthetic pitches to three following one by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) at the Tema Stadium under the FIFA Goal Project.
The Kumasi Academy, just like the others, is to provide sound formal academic training to the budding talents, mould their football gifts and develop their character.
The Managing Director for Right To Dream, Robin Bourne-Taylor, said at the launch that the academy had placed 40 West African players on scholarship in the USA and the UK at $10 million in academic fees and produced over 33 professional players.
The Right to Dream Academy, which started in Ghana in 1999 by Tom Vernon, one-time coach of Accra Great Olympics, is the first to have an all-female academy which started in 2013 and has produced one of the country’s female football prodigies, Fuseini Mumuni, a member of the national team,Block Queen.
Mr Bourne-Taylor announced that the academy had also bought Danish club FC Nordsjaelland to give a head start to West African players who found it difficult to break through the European football market.
Accam expressed the hope that the academy would produce for the Black Stars unending high quality football talents to conquer the world.