Monrovia Football Academy: “It is Time to Build a Home”

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Players and staff of the Monrovia Football Academy toured several sites in Ivory Coast after the tournament (photo credit: MFA).

The Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) says it remains committed to building a residential campus and is, therefore, collaborating with several Liberian partners to facilitate the design and construction of the facilities.

“Our fundraising team is working to identify potential sources of funding. We have created an institution with great potential, and now it is time to establish a physical space,” the administration said.

After its establishment in 2015, the academy decided not to build a home. “Our approach was to evolve first – to generate our own energy and establish a culture of excellence that would eventually travel with us,” the administration said in its first 2018 quarterly newsletter.

The decision not to build a home, according to the Academy, was based on its missions. “MFA was founded with two parallel missions – to empower Liberia’s future leaders, and to promote a more equitable, collaborative, and locally-driven approach to ‘development’.”

As part of the latter mission, the leadership chose to rent facilities in order to start small, rigorously examine its effectiveness through statistical analysis, and assess popularity before expanding and building its own facilities. This approach, according to the academy, has served well. MFA currently conducts its football training at the Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Academic classes are administered at the Muslim Congress High School that is about 1,000 meters away from the training grounds. The academy has managed the cost of renting the facility and transporting its student-athletes for the past two-and-a-half years.

The academy currently has 68 student-athletes and aims to expand to 90 by September 2018. “We are growing at an ambitious rate, with an ultimate mission to reach a maximum capacity of 160 students from across Liberia.”

In another development, former Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo and Stephen Glass have joined the Board of Directors of MFA for the next three year.

Mvogo, who served as the Mayor of Monrovia from March 2014 to January 2018, is a globally recognized leader who has led UN-sanctioned projects and chaired several high-level panels at international conferences.

Glass is the Chief Operating Officer of MONIQUE PÉAN, an award-winning sustainable fine jewelry company based in New York City. With experience in global real estate markets and degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, Glass is well positioned to support the Academy’s campus project through his technical expertise and network, the MFA said. “We are thrilled to welcome Mvogo and Glass to our Board of Directors!”

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