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Gothia Cup’s General Secretary Dennis Andersson has been in Ghana to visit Football Academy ”Right to Dream”. For those of you who follow Swedish football knows Swedish premier League scorer Warris Majeed comes from the same academy.
It was a great experience to visit the Academy which in my opinion is one of Africa’s best – says Dennis Andersson.
Right to Dream has its facilities about two hours’ drive north of the capital Accra. It holds two full-size soccer fields (4 more under construction), accommodation, dining, lounge and a school. The academy has about 60 boys between 11-17 years.
What is perhaps most impressive is their commitment to player education. The high European class and the players who do not go on in his career, offered without exception scholarships in either the U.S. or England
The next big project for the Right to Dream is to get the girls in the system. Their facilities are almost completed and already in January, the first grow of girls will start.
Right to Dream will participate in the Gothia Cup for the first time next summer. The club is participating in the B15 class and Dennis Andersson promise that this is a team that will be very worth seeing.
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It did not take more than 10 seconds before the first team signed up for the Gothia Cup 2013. Balltorps FF from Gothenburg was the first registered team in the class for boys 12 years old when registrations opened as traditionally on September 10 at 00.00 hrs
- It is very gratifying that the interest to play the Gothia Cup is so great that you stay awake after midnight to be sure to get a spot in the tournament next year, says Lena Rönnefors, General Secretary of the Gothia Cup.
Balltorps FF was founded in 1988 and has its home, just south of the center of Mölndal, a suburb of Gothenburg. We have approximately 220 players distributed in 11 youth teams and in addition to this we have a women’s team that plays in Division 4B and a men’s team that plays in Div 5B.
The lovely team consists of 28 nice guys who train in whatever weather conditions and play as many cups as we cope with, so in 2012 they played in the Gothia Cup with half the team and made it to the A-finals where they went out in 32th. In the 2013 edition of the Gothia they will enter with 2 teams, the guys are really looking forward to this, they say that the opening ceremony and Gothia Heden Center is the most fun, but of course so is the highlight of meet foreign teams and the chance to get to A finals.