• Josh Schneider-Weiler

Interview withTom Vernon: A Radical Approach to Running a 21st Century Academy

Updated: Jan 21, 2019

Today we are joined by Tom Vernon. Vernon is the founder of the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana and Chairman of FC Nordsjælland in the Danish Superliga.

Interview with Tom Vernon

According to it's website, Right to Dream's mission is, "to provide transformational life changing opportunities for the next generation of leaders, inspiring change as part of a global movement that shares remarkable stories of human endeavour."

This is what makes Right to Dream unique. It has a massive commitment to character development and giving back. This is also the reason I wanted to speak with Tom. In this episode we'll discuss how the global system is broken, how it can be fixed, the keys to developing character, redefining what a great athlete in the 21st century is and so much more.

The academy was started 1999 and since then 34 of their graduates have gone on to become professional footballers and 51 have studied at colleges and universities in the US and UK. In January of 2016, Right to Dream bought FC Nordsjælland to give more opportunities to their graduates.

They have 5 graduates in their squad now, including Godsway Donyoh who is our guest next week. This is first interview out of 3 with people connected to Right to Dream or FC Nordsjælland.

If you want to learn more about Right to Dream visit or check out their Instagram and Twitter, @right2dream.

Also, I would love to hear your thoughts on Tom or any other episode. You can email me at

Listen Here


7:50 Landing a scouting role with Manchester United

17:45 Why European Academies fail in Africa

23:00 Ghana's culture and identity

31:25 How to develop character in a young player

43:35 European vs American approach to character development

47:00 Replicating Right-to-Dream in other countries

57:28 Finding purpose

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