The Diya Hope Football Academy Group is a group of companies which in partnership with former Ballon D’or winner and African Footballer of Century, George Weah are rolling out a set of football academies for the football stars of tomorrow all over the world.
The Diya Hope Football Academy network around the world is based on a proud partnership between African Footballer of Century and Ballon d'or winner, George Weah and Indian businessman, Nirav Tripathi. For many years Mr Tripathi has considered the empowering nature of sport around the world. As someone of Indian origin Mr Tripathi recognised the transformative nature of cricket in his home country. As a passionate football fan he also has recognised the parallels in The World Game and its capacity to change lives. In meeting and partnering with Mr George Weah it was clear that both had a determined vision for a platform to truly give hope, opportunity and sustainable pathways to achieve.
Inspired by the life and career of the great George Weah, the academies are built to foster talent and provide pathways to hope and future for millions of young people. This partnership will see a network of academies established around the world. These academies will also provide the multi-dimensional support for students in the academies to ensure that they have a positive future regardless of if they break through to the footballing stage.
The key for this initiative will be to roll out academies in places where there is an under-developed footballing marketplace to allow students to secure the best training and development in the world. Our students will not go without in their football education; from facilities, coaches through to nutrition programs and education facilities as well.
With a roll out starting in 2017 from India, Liberia and Australia; we plan on rolling out our roll out through the Asia-Pacific Region, North America and the Carribean and going from there.
All of our academies will be linked to clubs in the Diya Football Group stable. This means that the ‘host’ club will receive first option on the players that the club develops, followed by ‘network clubs’ in other parts of the group followed by the rest of the world which will have to pay for the rights to scout the players and to purchase the players.
We want to bring football or 'soccer' as it is in New Zealand to the same standard of success in New Zealand as Rugby League, Rugby Union and Netball is. We know that this is a lofty goal for sporting cultural change that many will see as ridiculous. However, we see the purpose of this academy as delivering the big changes and making the big changes to the sporting and footballing landscape.