Mantrac Ghana, the authorized dealer for Caterpillar products in Ghana, through its collaboration with the Right to Dream Academy (RtD), has launched The Mantrac Centre – a state-of-the-art training facility, at Old Akrade, Eastern Region.
The Mantrac Centre, which is comprised of eight first-class grass pitches, has provided Africa’s premier football academy with some of the best sports facilities in Ghana.
The collaboration between RtD and Mantrac started at the end of 2012 when Mantrac generously donated the equipment and manpower to enable the construction of the pitches – with four full-sized pitches and four 8-a-side pitches – across five acres of land.
The Mantrac Centre has now played host to some of Ghana’s best clubs and national teams, including two-time African Champions, Asante Kotoko, the Ghana U-17 and U-20 male and female teams.
Mantrac has gone above and beyond with its support of RtD by also helping with the general road construction work at the Academy, coupled with the site preparation for the construction of the RtD Girls’ dormitory, contributing to the successful establishment of Africa’s first residential girls’ academy in May 2013.
The Founder and CEO of Right to Dream, Tom Vernon commented: “I am hugely encouraged by the collaboration with Mantrac Ghana. Their generosity and support of the Right to Dream Academy is a great example of the positive impact the private sector can make in the development of young, African talent.”
The launch of the Mantrac Centre is a landmark moment for the collaboration between the RtD and Mantrac Ghana.
Commenting on the collaboration, Emad Adeeb, Managing Director of Mantrac Ghana, said:
“Mantrac Ghana has played a vital role in the total development of Ghana for the past 75 years – we do not just provide world class construction & Mining Equipment, but also invest in people.
“The Right to Dream Academy fits perfectly in our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy – to impact our communities with sustainable initiatives that will travel beyond Ghana. This marks the first stage of our collaboration with the RtD Academy, which comes at a crucial time for Ghana football as it looks towards the World Cup in Brazil. We are proud that RtD is developing strong, self-disciplined footballers, who can go on to have a significant impact on the male and female national teams. We are proud that the Mantrac Centre facility will go a long way to helping RtD achieve their goals, and for the greater glory of Ghana.”