The last weekend of August at Right to Dream Park was exciting for more than just one reason.
Danish side FC Nordsjælland, part of the global Right to Dream Group, defeated FC København 3-1 in gameweek 7 of the Danish Superliga, and while a win may be an enough reason to be happy, at Right to Dream we always make sure to look beyond the three points.
Besides the obvious triumph, we celebrated other big wins on Sunday afternoon. Just like us at Right to Dream, FCN is a club with a culture rooted in the desire to develop young talent. It represents the first spot where many of our graduates gain professional football experience, and on Sunday 10 graduates of our Ghana and Denmark academies were in the matchday squad. Eight of them took to the pitch and helped FCN get their fifth win of the season and maintain their position at the top of the standings.
The 3-1 win also saw FCN, which have one of the youngest squads in European football, take their tally to 11 league goals that have all been scored by young players aged 21 or under.
Those are very special moments to us at Right to Dream, as the impact of those young talents on the pitch is a testament to the effectiveness of our youth development model, currently applied in our Ghana and Denmark academies, and soon in Egypt.
They are a living proof that when the Emerging Excellence are nurtured in a well-rounded supportive environment and are provided with fresh and fair opportunities, it’s only a matter of time before their resilience and hard work drive them to pursue their full potential.