PSHE KS3 & KS4/GCSE: Unofficial football academies in Ghana (pt 1/3)

Ousmann Manneh, a 20-year old footballer from the Gambia now living in the UK, looks into the unofficial football academies in Ghana and the potential to exploit boys who dream of playing in the leagues of Europe.

The popularity of African players in European leagues has led to a rotten underbelly of youth exploitation of the dreams and aspirations of 1000s of young players.

With over 500 unofficial academies in Accra alone, the presenter interviews a coach from one who admits to selling players on for profit.

It is suggested that there is too much impatience for players to get to Europe who often end up on the streets as a result – quick wealth is the motivator in a country where poverty is a reality.

This clip is from the series Children at Work: Football.

Teacher Notes

Students can be shown the clip and then asked to create a role-play empathising with the young victims.

They should consider how it feels to be sold a dream of becoming a football star, and try to highlight the unscrupulousness of the academies and agents who exploit the children's hopes.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching PSHE at KS3 and GCSE. This topic appears in Edexcel, AQA, KS3 and GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland, and SQA National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

More from Children at Work: Football

Exploitation of African youths by football agents (pt 2/3)
Training provided by official football academies in Ghana (pt 3/3)