This month marks the first anniversary of the partnership between Tullow Ghana and the Right to Dream (RtD) Academy.
The three-year partnership, a cornerstone of Tullow Ghana’s agenda for creating shared prosperity through sports, provides significant support to RtD’s vision of offering young, talented children the opportunity to fulfil their true potential in life through football, education and character development and hopefully, in the long term, positively impact on the future of the Black Stars, Black Queens, and Ghana as a whole.
The last 12 months has seen the partnership achieve significant success both on and off the football pitch.
Since March 2014: over 20 RtD scholarship opportunities have been created for young, talented boys and girls; 8 RtD students and graduates have achieved international honours for Ghana at junior and senior levels; 5 RtD student-athletes have graduated on scholarships to the USA and UK; 4 RtD students have graduated as professional footballers, including Manchester City’s Divine Naah; RtD embarked on 3 international tours, where they were victorious in the U17 Gothia Cup and finished 4th in the World Finals of the U15 Nike Premier Cup.
Tom Vernon, Founder and CEO of Right to Dream, commented: “Twelve months ago Tullow put their faith in Right to Dream when they made a commitment to help us make a bigger and bolder impact on the lives of young, talented Ghanaians. The opportunities created and success being achieved by our students and graduates justifies that commitment. Together we are making it happen and I am excited by what the partnership can achieve in the years ahead.”
The partnership has also allowed RtD to establish the RtD School Programme in Takoradi. The Programme, delivered in collaboration with St. Peter’s International School provides opportunities for young boys and girls from the Western Region to develop their football talent and receive a high quality education, which will set them on a pathway to fulfilling their potential.
With RtD student, Yaw Yeboah, picking up the award for Most Valuable Player at the Africa Youth Championships in Senegal on 22nd March; RtD U18s securing victories in the UK on their current international tour; and the second RtD School due to be launched later this year, the future looks bright for the partnership between RtD and Tullow, as they strive to develop Ghana’s next generation of role models and leaders.
Reflecting on the first 12 month’s of the Partnership, Tullow Ghana General Manager, Charles Darku, said:
“We are pleased with the successes RTD has chalked in the past year. The achievements are not only great testaments to the efficacy of their model, but also an affirmation that the objectives for which we invested in the partnership will be met”.