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Monrovia Football Academy


Work Hard. Be a Leader. Dream Big.

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Monrovia Football Academy


Work Hard. Be a Leader. Dream Big.

Monrovia Football Academy is the first school in Liberia to combine High-quality education with elite football development.

Monrovia Football Academy provides Liberia's talented youth with academic classes, football training, and life skills lessons to improve academic performance, break down gender barriers, and prepare our students to lead positive change in Liberia. In the 2017-18 school year, we have 41 boys and 29 girls, ages 8-14, in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Our students are with us from 8:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday, with breakfast, life skills lessons, and football training in the morning, lunch at noon, and academic classes in the afternoon. We also hold academic classes on Saturday mornings.

The Academy currently operates in rented facilities, with football training held at BYC Field and Antoinette Tubman Stadium (corner of Lynch Street & UN Drive in Central Monrovia), and academic classes held in classrooms rented from Muslim Congress High School (Mechlin Street in Central Monrovia). We aim to move into our own residential facilities by September 2020.

The Academy is an independent nonprofit organization. We are not linked to any one academic institution, football club, political party, or ethnic origin. The Academy exists to prepare talented boys and girls to lead positive change in Liberia. We hope that you will join us!

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Quality Education

We uniquely use football – the most popular sport in Liberia – as a positive-incentive mechanism to encourage our students to attend school and improve academic performance.

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Professional Football Coaching

We deliver professional coaching and a comprehensive football curriculum that disrupts bad habits, introduces fundamental techniques, and encourages our student-athletes to "think the game" at a high level.

Gender Equality

We use education and football to break down gender barriers. By studying and training with the boys – and often outperforming them both in the classroom and on the pitch – our girls have a sense of empowerment that they themselves vocalize.

Good Nutrition

We ensure our student-athletes have balanced, nutrient-rich diets. On a daily basis, we provide a snack before training, classic Liberian meals for lunch, and water throughout the day. 

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Life Skills

Academic classes and football practices are supplemented with life skills lessons on a daily basis. 'Life skills' is a vague concept, but we focus on four key, culturally-relevant areas: leadership, enthusiasm, accountability, and discipline (LEAD).

Healthcare

Each of our staff members is insured through Activa Liberia, while our student-athletes receive on-site treatment from our medic, Agnes Togbah. Moving forward, we are exploring options to insure each of our student-athletes at a reputable clinic near the Academy. 


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Admissions


Apply to the Academy: Tryouts and Exams to be held on June 24th and July 1st

Admissions


Apply to the Academy: Tryouts and Exams to be held on June 24th and July 1st

Background

Monrovia Football Academy will begin the application process for the 2017-18 school year in June 2017. In addition to conducting targeted recruitment of Liberia's most talented boys and girls, we will accept unsolicited applications from anyone who meets our eligibility requirements. In the 2017-18 school year, we will have 65 student-athletes in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. With 48 student-athletes returning in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, most of the open slots will be in the 3rd grade.

Eligibility Requirements

In the 2017-18 school year, we will have children between the ages of 8 and 13. Therefore, applicants born between September 1, 2003 and September 1, 2009 are eligible to apply. Boys and girls of all academic and football backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to provide housing for our student-athletes. However, we have found solutions so that a few children from outside of Monrovia can join MFA in 2017. If you live outside of Monrovia and are interested in applying in future years, please continue to follow our website and social media pages for updates on potential housing options.

Applying

All applicants are required to complete our entrance examination, which is comprised of end of 2nd, end of 3rd, end of 4th, and end of 5th-grade test questions. In Liberia, academic standards vary greatly from school to school. Instead of creating four separate entrance exams and guessing which one an applicant should take, this approach enables us to assess academic ability regardless of age and previous grade.

In addition, all unsolicited applicants are required to compete in a one-day football tournament. These football tryouts are organized by age group. 

*In 2017, the entrance examinations and football tryouts will be administered at BYC Field on Saturday, June 25th and Saturday, July 1st.

Step 1: Academic Proficiency
To be considered, the applicant must achieve a 50% or higher on the entrance exam, and he/she must present an academic transcript or a letter from a previous teacher that shows a history of strong academic performance. Education is our top priority, and we must ensure that our student-athletes are equally engaged and capable in the classroom.

Step 2: Football Potential
Once the applicant achieves a 50% or higher on the exam, then MFA staff observe the applicant's football ability and potential. Applicants are not required to be polished footballers. In fact, they might not have played football before. What we are searching for is children with potential and the determination, enthusiasm, and grit required to succeed as a footballer.

Step 3: Interviews
If the applicant meets our academic and football standards, then the applicant and his/her parents are called for an interview with MFA staff. These interviews are brief, and their purpose is to give MFA staff an understanding of the applicant's home environment. Can he/she study at night? Does he/she have siblings who are in school? Where do his/her parents work? None of these questions are determinant – we do not select our student-athletes based on the answers. Rather, they serve to give MFA staff a more complete picture of the applicant's background so that we can more accurately assess the applicant's academic and football potential. 

Step 4: Training Camp
After the interviews, MFA staff select a final set of applicants for a one-week training camp in August. Those selected participate in a normal week of classes, football training, and life skills exercises, giving MFA staff a chance to see them as student-athletes at Monrovia Football Academy.

Step 5: The Selection
At the end of the training camp, MFA staff hold a final meeting and select the new members of Monrovia Football Academy. All applicants in this final phase are notified of our final decision.

School Fees

Overview

Student-athletes at Monrovia Football Academy are required to pay US $150 for the 2016-17 school year. The payment can be made upfront or in three installments throughout the course of the year. Specific dates for the installments have been provided to our student-athletes' parents.

**PLEASE NOTE: The Academy offers financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. We select our students based on merit, without regard to external factors such as income, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. Please do not let the school fees stop you from applying!

Supplies provided by the Academy

While school fees cover a very small part of our expenses, they are nonetheless an important part of our revenue model. With the US $150 payment, each student-athlete receives:

- 4 nutritious lunches per week
- Clean drinking water throughout the week
- Pre-training snacks throughout the week
- School uniform
- All textbooks
- Notepads and copy books
- Pens/pencils
- Weekly computer literacy class
- Football uniform
- MFA t-shirt
- Football boots
- Football shorts
- Football socks
- Shin guards
- Any other relevant academic supplies and football equipment