"Keep going, try your best and be ready because you never know when opportunity will come your way."

Seidu Shamsudeen graduated from Right to Dream in June 2014 having won a scholarship to Canterbury School in Connecticut, USA. Hailing from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana, he joined the academy in September 2010, at the age of 11. Like many Right to Dream graduates, Seidu faced considerable adversity from a young age:

I’m from a place with not a lot of opportunity. I lost my Dad when I was 6 years old. My mum pushed me to get an education but football was always my focus. Right to Dream allowed me to pursue both.

 

Seidu has excelled on the field and in the classroom. After graduating from Canterbury he will go to University where he hopes to study Liberal Arts. He counts himself fortunate to experience such opportunities which is why in Summer 2017, he returned to his home community to set up a youth football tournament. Named ‘The Saints Cup’ after his school team, Seidu gathered donations from Canterbury to provide kits, boots and equipment for the participants.

 
Seidu Shamsudeen Giveback

 

Seidu’s commitment to helping others and passing on his opportunities is central to the Right to Dream philosophy:

 

Whatever I do - I will keep giving back at the forefront of my motivation.