Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga says government will soon establish sports academies in all ten region of the country.
This according to him is part of efforts to unearth raw talents in the country and provide those young players with the opportunity to realize their dreams as footballers.
Mr. Ayariga announced this when he paid a working visit to one of the most popular football academies in the world, Right to Dream Academy at Old Akrade, near Akosombo in the Eastern Region.
The Academy, a brainchild of Tom Vernon, one-time head coach of Accra Great Olympics is aimed at nurturing football talents of young Ghanaian footballers as well as providing them with quality education.
The good image of Right to Dream and its scientific approach to training of young sportsmen and women as well as it’s positive philosophy has enabled them attract more students from all over the continent.
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The state-of-the-art facility estimated at $1.5 million is situated on portions of the 36-acre plot, which will boast of a training pitch, classrooms, information technology laboratory, dining hall, dormitory and staff houses.
Speaking to the media after touring the facility, Mahama Ayariga underscored the need for such facilities to be established in the other nine region to accord aspiring footballers the chance to fulfill their dreams.
He said “after touring the facility, I’m convinced that this is the kind of modeling that we should replicate in almost every region in the country”.
“I’m committing to work toward developing similar facility in every region of Ghana where young people can have the opportunity of being developed as great footballers” he added.
The Sports Minister was elated about the combination of high quality formal education with football at the academy.
“I believe this is a nation where young children have so many talents and we need great facilities like this to nurture them” he stressed.
Mahama Ayariga said the Sports Ministry will partner with Right to Dream “to reinstate the image of this country as a great soccer nation in the world”.
On his part, a member of the Right to Dream Advisory Board, Kofi Anku described as welcoming government decision to partner with them.
He reiterated their commitment to ensure that every pupil fulfils his maximum potential and to be empowered to make a meaningful and lifelong contribution to the country.
Kofi Anku said they will continue to offer children the opportunity to develop their skills and talents whilst striving for academic excellence.
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