ASCENT SOCCER Academy - Developing pathways of Excellence FOR gifted children in East Africa

Malawi's premiere elite football development academy. Ascent Soccer stands on three pillars - Advanced Football Coaching, Education and Character Development.

In late 2017, CNN flew out to Malawi to make a documentary on Chigoli Academy (now Ascent Academy), profiling our work, the power of our player stories whilst creating global exposure. Click the CNN logo, or   here   to watch the documentary.

In late 2017, CNN flew out to Malawi to make a documentary on Chigoli Academy (now Ascent Academy), profiling our work, the power of our player stories whilst creating global exposure. Click the CNN logo, or here to watch the documentary.

Malawi is the poorest country in the world per capita with the majority of the population trapped in cycles of poverty. A country where under 12% of children finish secondary school and over 10% of the population live with HIV. Football is hugely under resourced and there are a lack of youth leagues in the country.

Ascent work to identify talented young boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 17, then train them in a holistic, player-centred environment. Among Ascent’s players, 95% come from backgrounds of poverty – the majority of their families live well below the poverty line. 

Ascent’s goal is to give these young people a future and create role models for generations to come.

In practice this means Ascent invests deeply in our players’ lives. We provide training, fund their education and offer nutritional and emotional support in order for them to fulfill their potential. 

For those who display academic or footballing potential Ascent offer life-changing pathways to previously unattainable opportunities.

In addition to the Academy, Ascent operates a vibrant community program supporting the local community around our base on the outskirts of Lilongwe, coaching over 150 boys and girls 4 times a week.

Ascent is developing plans to expand it’s reach across East Africa, becoming a force in youth development to generate a flow of players to represent the region on the world stage.

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Malawi In Focus

Malawi is a beautiful country in South East Africa of circa 16m of the friendliest people on the continent.

In 2015 the World Bank declared Malawi the poorest country in the world per capita. The effects of this are everywhere. There is a chronic lack of drugs in hospitals and the average Malawian lives below the poverty line. Of Malawian children 50% suffer from stunting due to poor nutrition. Around 10% of the population lives with HIV.

Schools are under huge pressure. Insufficient classrooms and resources often lead to class sizes of over 100 pupils; education is often reduced to learning by repetition.

Most children don’t stand a chance.

Ascent was established in 2014 to offer pathways out of poverty for talented and gifted children, using football and education to connect with and support disadvantaged groups.

Malawi needs positive role models to inspire future generations. Ascent Soccer is working to find and enable community leaders of the future.

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To support Ascent's work creating and redefining opportunities for gifted children denied opportunity by the world around them please click the Paypal 'Donate' link below:

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‘Ascent is run people who have Africa in their hearts and determined to make a substantial difference through football. They have the passion, knowledge and drive to make their vision a reality. To progress as a continent we must support concepts like Ascent, they empower the next generation of role models through the continents one unifying language, football. Right to Dream are proud to be supporting this project.’ 

Tom Vernon, Founder - Right to Dream Academy, Ghana / Chariman, FC Nordsjælland, Denmark