Rwanda is set to construct a state of the art football academy after INEOS entered into a partnership and signed a Memorandum of Understand with Rwanda Football Association (Ferwafa) for the development.
Under the agreement, the local football governing body, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, will secure land on which the facility will be set up while INEOS will fund construction works.
The centre will feature a 2-3 sized grounds both synthetic and natural surfaces, some five a side pitches and a high performance centre, according to the plan. The facility will also include amenities such as gym, a medical section, tutoring departments, offices, laundry, dining and social section, accommodation for up to 96 youngsters as well as security and administration facilities.
Football philosophy and training techniques at the proposed development will be a collaboration between Team Vaud/FC Lausanne Sport, a Swiss club owned and managed by INEOS, and Ferwafa.
Upon completion the the academy is expected to give local youngsters a shot at making it into European football markets. The proposed INEOS Football Academy will be the first of its kind in the country, and one of the very few in the region.
“We want to give young footballers from Rwanda the opportunity to reach their full potential at a world-class facility in their home country and we believe this is going to be a new foundation for football development in Rwanda. We thank INEOS for accepting to come and work with us,” said Ferwafa President Jean-Damascene Sekamana.