The Ghana Football Project was formed out of a love of the beautiful game that continues to this day!
In 2011, two young football coaches from the UK – Lee and Anthony – traveled to the Ghanaian capital Accra as volunteers, saw the incredible passion that children and young people had for football and were convinced that this passion could be harnessed as a force for greater good.
Over multiple visits to Ghana, Lee and Anthony established connections with inspirational local partners who shared an understanding of the life-enhancing power of the world’s game. These partners were above all committed to harnessing love of football to motivate children and young people to acquire the tools to face life’s challenges.
Get kids playing, get them in school, keep them there. Protect the enormously talented ones from predators. Football. Education. Opportunity. The Ghana Football Project was born.
Now a fully accredited 501(c)(3), the Ghana Football Project continues to work with established local football academies and educational institutions in Ghana to provide opportunities for underprivileged young people and children, with a focus on education and sport.
Academy 11 was launched by the project in 2019, providing a much-needed impact in the Teshie region of Accra. Local players have access to teams, high quality training from both local and international coaches, a pre-match meal program and supported with their educational needs. Meanwhile, the local coaches continue to develop under the supervision of our Director of Football in Ghana.
We raise money for the building and sustaining of schools. We send volunteers. We provide equipment. And we share what we know on how best to battle the very real scourge of human traffickers who look to profit from players. We also have a coach education program for local coaches, while Academy 11 is able to employ local coaches and have a reasonable economic impact in the immediate surrounding areas.
The Ghana Football Project has worked with players who have turned professional around Europe and players who have joined High School and College teams in America and the UK. But the great majority of those we have worked with are in the process of achieving true success by gaining confidence and satisfaction from playing the game while obtaining a solid education.
It all starts with an abiding love of the beautiful game!
Our goal is to channel the passion that young people and children have for the beautiful game into a commitment to improve themselves as players and people.
Get kids playing football, get them in school, keep them there. Protect the enormously talented ones from predators.
To do this, the Ghana Football Project works with local partners to provide opportunities for underprivileged young people and children, with a focus on education and sport.