Tim’s African adventure helping to realise children’s football dreams


Tim Bell is helping to shape the future of football in Ghana, having left Hartpury to take on a role with the Right to Dream (RtD) Academy.

Tim – a Hartpury graduate who went on to join the college’s coaching staff - has settled into his new life in Western Ghana, and is ready to make his mark in helping produce the latest young stars looking to emulate their heroes who appeared at the recent World Cup finals in Brazil.

Right to Dream is a residential academy based in Ghana that seeks to discover and nurture young footballers through education, sport and character development so that they become role models within the sport and for their peers. It exists to give talented, underprivileged children from all over West Africa the opportunity to develop their talent and fulfil their potential.

Black Stars striker Abdul Majeed Waris is just one of the many players to have gone through the world-renowned RtD Academy. Now Tim is determined to help other young people to achieve their dream of following in the former Hartpury student’s footsteps to achieve footballing stardom.

Tim, 24, spent six years at Hartpury College, studying a degree in Sports Coaching and eventually progressing on to a Masters in Coaching Science. He combined his studies with coaching at the college, eventually accepting a full-time role as a senior football coach and performance lifestyle assistant.

He is now looking forward to his new role as a talent school project manager in Ghana, and has been extremely busy, not just adapting to his new surroundings but already putting his scouting and coaching pedigree to the test.

Tim said: “As well as scouting for new kids for the programme, I have been busy writing the football curriculum, which we will use to help nurture and develop the children’s ability, both on and off the pitch.”

Tim isn’t the only representative from Hartpury College currently working with Right to Dream. Joe Mulberry, who completed his Masters at the college, is head of recruitment, and Tim has been working closely with him on various scouting and recruitment missions.
Although only a month into his role, Tim has already been able to immerse himself in the community and see the reality of the situation faced by children in this part of Africa on a daily basis.

He said: “I have visited local schools and clubs to help me understand a child’s day to day routine and upbringing here. They play football on pitches the like of which I have never experienced before, but the joy on their faces when they are playing is what coaching is all about.

“The whole experience has, and will continue to be, an eye-opener for me, and I really cannot wait to make a difference.”

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