WELCOME TO DIYA HOPE FOOTBALL ACADEMY (auckland)

The Diya Hope Football Academy Group is a group of academies 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 Group 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. 

THE MODEL

All our students will be contracted to the Diya Hope Football Group when they come into the program. As a part of the contract, we will provide the agent services for the students to move into the professional world and install mandatory fees in the contracts to ensure that not only is the academy paid for developing the talents but also ‘sell on’ clauses will mean that the academy is being paid from any on sale of players that clubs make of the players in their later years.

All our agents will be FIFA accredited agents and will be assigned to players independently of the academy they are in to ensure that their interests are being maintained and that there is no conflict of interests. 

Our coaches will all be accredited coaches, endorsed by George Weah and the partner club to the academy. This will ensure that there is a close link to the partner club but also makes sure that the players are well rounded, skilled up and ready to develop to the standard where they can make it on the world stage. 

The academies are designed on the best developments in the world. From the development facilities at the best national academies in the world mixed with the best club facilities from leagues such as the MLS; we are here to develop the best and built the best facilities in the world. 

As a part of the agreement between African Footballer of the Century, the first academy will be rolled out in Liberia, the home of George Weah. The academy will be in the heart of Monrovia looking to develop the next George Weah. 

This facility will be a state of the art greenfield development to bring a state of the art facility to the country to honour all that George Weah has given to Liberia. 

We have identified Auckland as a strategic site for an academy on the grounds that it is the gateway to Oceania, is a great ‘launch pad’ into developing the talent in Oceania and can ensure that people who otherwise would not be able to get this chance to change their lives in the same way that sport allowed George Weah to change his life.

There is no other facility like this anywhere in Oceania. This facility (with smaller recruitment facilities in the Pacific), will stand alone in its reach, social good and talent creation for the region. We also believe that the strategic alliance with Auckland City FC will ensure that there is a direct feeder system into a club that is stable, financially workable and has a long-term future that as investors, they would want to be a part of. 

To view our programs in the Pacific Nations, we will be rolling out the programs in the pages behind the flags below. 

To view our domestic programs and broader information about our academy, please follow the links below.