Earlier this year, Tom Vernon, a friend from the time I was working in Ghana, got back in touch to ask if I could help with his fast growing organisation – Right to Dream.

Tom went to Ghana 10 years ago and hasn’t been home. He’s founded an innovative and successful grass roots sports academy and education model that is now being adopted elsewhere.

This month I was involved in helping launch a new fundraising campaign for Right to Dream: Playbarefoot simply asks footballers of all standards in the Europe and the US to take their boots off for one tournament, one game a season and raise a few $ for those in West Africa who have the talent but not the means to realise their potential without the help of Right to Dream.

Here is a piece I wrote about the inspiring social impact of the Right to Dream project after a visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

We kicked off playbarefoot with Michael and Waid, two Ghanaian footballers now in colleges in California who I hadn’t seen since they were 12 years old doing keep ups in a yard in Accra

If you like the look of what Tom and the team are doing at Right to Dream the best thing you can do is organise a small playbarefoot tournament. info@playbarefoot.com