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Buckswood signs partnership with Mirage Football Academy with backing from British High Commission and GFA.

Date: 8 May 2017

Buckswood Director of Football, Daryl Willard, travelled to Ghana last week to meet the British High Commissioner and the Ghanaian Football Association to  work with Mirage Football Academy, sharing his coaching and educational experience with a group of 20 gifted and talented young Ghanaians.

The visit saw the signing of an agreement between Mirage Football Academy and Buckswood to create the Mirage Buckswood Foundation to support the youth in Ghana through education and football in orphanages, schools and football clubs. The inaugural visit  saw Daryl visit an orphanage with Save the Children and a school and build  awareness of the Mirage Buckswood tournament on May 29th.

Daryl spent the week coaching  and managing the squad in the tournament in training and mentoring sessions. “My week in Ghana was an incredible experience to see players from such disadvantaged backgrounds with such a love and passion for the game. The talent is endless and I hope to make this an annual trip to exchange ideas and give advice on how to recruit and develop young professionals.”

Buckswood got involved in the project through Daryl’s connections whilst working at Chelsea FC. Mirage’s owner and Director, Seth Nana Twumasi (who played for Chelsea up until 2010), has kept in touch with Daryl since their time at the club together, and has been looking for the right opportunity to work together on his Ghanaian project. Mirage Football scout, recruit and develop young players in Ghana and have achieved success since their beginning in 2010. One of Mirage’s players was wanted by Barcelona FC, and has now since signed with New York FC.

The new link with Buckswood School has opened up a new avenue for Ghanaian talent and with the backing of the British High Commissioner and the Ghanaian FA the partnership will be open for the foreseeable future.

Football at Buckswood has seen a seismic shift this year, and with only three weeks until the end of the school term, things show no sign of slowing down. Ex-England and Arsenal Captain, Tony Adams will visit the school on the 14th of June to run a Q&A session with the scholars. For more information email Daryl at football@buckswood.co.uk.






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