2010

NEW RESIDENTIAL
ACADEMY

Right to dream move to Old Akrade on the banks of the Volta in the Eastern region of Ghana, increasing its capacity from 40 to just over 100 students.

2010

RIGHT TO DREAM USA
FOUNDED

It was set up by chairman John Powers to support RTD graduates who follow the education pathway to the USA through boarding school and college. Right to Dream USA receives 501(c)3 status.

2013

THE FIRST GIRL'S RESIDENTIAL
ACADEMY IN AFRICA 

Right to dream launches Africa’s first fully residential academy, with nine girls being the first to commence their life-changing scholarships at Old Akrade.

2013

FIRST RTD UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE

First RTD University Graduate Albert ‘CK’ Kumah becomes the first Right to Dream alumni to graduate from an American University, Bucknell. 

2014

FIRST RTD GRADUATE WORLD
CUP APPEARANCE 
Abdul Majeed Waris makes his FIFA World Cup debut for Ghana vs Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Brazil.

2015

RIGHT TO DREAM
UNDEFEATED

Right To Dream win all international tournaments they enter in Europe, also winning the last edition of the Nike Premier Cup World Finals.

2016

RIGHT TO DREAM ACQUIRES
FC NORDSJÆLLAND 

Allan K Pederson sells his 97% shares in FC Nordsjælland A/S to the ‘Pathways Group’ with Tom Vernon as the new Chairman - The first African organisation to buy a club in Europe. At the same time, Kasper Hjulmand returns to the club as Head Coach. 

2017

FCN GIRL'S ACADEMY
LAUNCH

FCN launch its girl's academy with a core focus on education and creating a new pathway to pro football. Launched with a vision to establish an elite side competing in the Danish 3F league by 2019 and enter the Women's Champion's League by 2023. 

2018

FCN & RTD JOIN COMMON GOAL 

FCN becomes the first and only club to join the Common Goal movement, pledging 1% of stadium revenues, player contracts and senior management salaries.

2018

BLACK QUEENS COACH JOINS FCN

Mas Ud-Didi Dramani joins FCN as a coaching assistant and transitional coach, supporting young players moving from the academy in Ghana with their transition to the Danish Superliga club.

2019

BLACK STARS LEGEND JOINS RIGHT
TO DREAM AS AN ACADEMY COACH 

Laryea Kingston joins right to dream as a coach, starting by leading a team of 21 academy students to win the J-League International Youth Cup in Japan.

2019

FORMER FULHAM & GHANA
FORWARD JOINS RTD SCOUTING TEAM 

Derek Boateng joins Right to Dream as an African scout, returning to Ghana to be based from the old Akrade academy. 

2020

MICHAEL ESSIEN JOINS THE
COACHING STAFF AT FCN 

The Former Chelsea & Ghana midfielder has joined FCN as a player coach as part of his development towards a full coaching license.

2020

GHANAIAN TRANSFER
RECORD

19-year-old RTD graduate Mohammed Kudus completes a five-year move to Ajax in a deal worth over €9 million; one of the highest ever transfer fees ever paid for a player from the Danish league, and a record-breaking transfer fee for a Ghanaian teenager. 

2020

DAMSGAARD TO
SAMPDORIA

20-year-old Mikkel Damsgaard, a product of the FC Nordsjælland Academy, completes a four-year move to Italian Serie A club Sampdoria, in a deal worth €6.7 million. Sampdoria Head Coach Claudio Ranieri labeled Damsgaard “one of the most exciting players to join Serie A this year”

2020

FCN ACADEMY AWARDED FIVE(5) STARS BY THE DANISH FA

The Danish FA’s annual independent report awarded FCN’s academy the rating: “international class”. The first Danish academy ever to receive this highest possible rating.

2020

FC NORDSJÆLLAND WOMEN'S WIN THE DANISH CUP

After forming in 2018, achieving promotion from division 1 in their first season into the Elitedivisionen. FCN finished the league in 3rd place and won the Danish cup with a 1-0 win over Thy-Thisted Q.

2021

RIGHT TO DREAM PARTNERS
WITH THE MANSOUR GROUP 

A new €100 million partnership enabling acceleration of growth of the RTD model staring with the announcement of a new academy and pro women’s team in Egypt and strategic investment to help bring greater access, opportunity & equality through football across the Right to Dream ecosystem.

2021

A NEW TEENAGE GHANAIAN
TRANSFER RECORD

19-year-old RTD graduate Kamaldeen Sulemana signs for French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes FC for €21 million on a five-year deal, beating the FCN club transfer record as well as setting a new Ghanaian transfer record for a teenager.

2021

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNER APPOINTED HEAD COACH OF INT'L ACADEMY 

Former Liverpool, Monaco and Marseille defender and assistant coach at MLS Seattle sounders join RTD’s International Academy as the head coach. 

2023

NEW RIGHT TO DREAM EGYPT
ACADEMY LAUNCH

The new residential academy in Egypt is scheduled for launch in Q1 2023; an exciting new academy complex sitting at the junction of both North African and Middle-Eastern football passions, offering a system of opportunities to talented Egyptian children through football, education and character development 

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OUR JOURNEY

1999

THE LAUNCH OF RIGHT TO DREAM

The Right to Dream Academy was founded in 1999 by Tom Vernon, who had been Manchester United's head scout in Africa. It started on a small scale and, unlike most youth academies, independent of a professional team, training a small number of boys who were initially housed in Tom’s and (then-girlfriend, now wife) Helen’s home. 

2005

FIRST RIGHT TO DREAM GRADUATES TO ARRIVE
IN THE USA  

Graduates from the first cohort of Right to Dream students gain scholarships to Dunn High School, California.