"Our Girls' programme is set up to revolutionise football whilst contributing to a better, more equitable society."

Lucy Mills, Global Foundation Director

Football is not actively encouraged amongst girls in West Africa. By the time a girl reaches 12, she is often expected to concentrate on her role within the family, looking after siblings and contributing to the running of the household.

Established in 2013, the Girls’ Programme challenges traditional gender roles and creates opportunities for talented young women to fulfil their potential and become the next generation of African role models. Fully integrated within the Right to Dream impact model, we offer quality and transformative football, education, mentorship and international exposure.

The process for founding a girls’ programme required the boys’ academy to first prove its credibility and brand within West Africa as a centre of excellence that provided the best all round opportunities for youth development. 
 
As the girls at Right to Dream do not currently have the same security in a professional football pathway, their development is currently steered towards the US student-athlete model. The girls’ squad have been on educational and cultural tours to the UK and US to combine football development with an opportunity to inspire, and be inspired, around the world.  

Right to Dream Girls competed at the 2017 Gothia Cup

Impact

Right to Dream has so far awarded full boarding scholarships to 19 girls from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, nurturing the best African female talent and supporting them on world-class football and educational pathways.

Currently, the academy has 16 girls on full scholarship worth a total of $1.28 million

Five Right to Dream girls have been awarded student-athlete scholarships at leading schools in the US worth over $2 million.

Right to Dream graduate, Fuesina Mumuni, represented Ghana in the Under 17 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was the youngest player at the tournament.

Right to Dream Female Ambassadors

The Right to Dream Girls’ Programme gives talented young girls from across West Africa the chance to break social norms, build their confidence, gain a top education, and become future leaders. Many of our girls have started taking leading roles within their communities to promote gender equality and help educate young girls about the challenges they will face. Our work with WomenWin as part of the GOAL Programme will enhance this community impact further.

The charisma, passion and social intelligence of our girls is incredible and they are a pillar of hope and inspiration. With five girls now graduated from the academy, winning full scholarships to top US schools, we are confident that we will see Africa’s future leaders and some of the world’s most talented female footballers come from this exceptional group. Their successes at such a competitive level will inspire a continent.

Tournament Success

In July 2017, the Right to Dream girls embarked on their first ever European tour as they travelled to Right to Dream Park at FC Nordsjælland. From their base in Denmark, the girls played a series of friendlies before heading to the Cup No. 1 tournament. At their first ever tournament, the girls scored an incredible 41 goals as they took the tournament by storm and lifted the cup with a 1-0 win over Odense Q in the final.

The girls scored 41 goals throughout the tournament

Little over a day after their first taste of cup success, the girls joined the RtD boys at the world's largest youth football tournament, the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden. Facing some of the best teams in youth football, the girls were unable to reach the A Play-offs in the elite category but showed amazing composure to lift the B Play-Off trophy. A phenomenal achievement for a young side playing back-to-back tournaments.

 

 

 

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