Badya is the new home for Egypt's first Right to Dream Academy, a collective of football schools designed to make the sport more accessible to kids who may not easily be able to train for it.
Football is a great unifier; no matter where you are in the world, it seems there are always going to be kids who fantasize about growing up and playing the beautiful game as one of the pros. However, not every kid has the same chance to bring those fantasies to life. The Right to Dream Group is a global opportunity-creating ecosystem of football academies, professional football clubs and collaborating colleges and universities, designed to make these opportunities more accessible to kids who may not easily be able to.
In January 2021, it was announced that the Mansour Group formed a £100 million partnership with RTD, with £30m dedicated to establishing an Egypt edition of the Right To Dream Academy which will be housed in Badya’s Palm Hills, launching in January 2022.
Located in West Cairo, Badya is Palm Hills Development's flagship and largest project, serving as the focal point linking new October city with the old one.As a prime example of a smart city, Badya is built to keep itself on the cutting edge so that its residents can focus on living their best lives and invest in the next generation. With this in mind, Badya is just the place for Right to Dream's first academy in Egypt. It all feeds into Badya’s consistent support of young people, providing them with opportunities that are otherwise difficult to come by, even for the most talented Egyptian youth.
Right To Dream began on a small-scale as a single not-for-profit academy that trained just a few boys on a dust pitch in Accra, Ghana. 2004 saw the first stage of growth, with the creation of an education pathway into schools within the USA, providing RTD graduate opportunities to receive full scholarships that lead into university. Graduates have historically gone on to play within USA's USL (United Soccer League Championship) or the MLS (Major League Soccer) leagues, with others moving on to work for blue chip companies.