Academy group founder eyes UK club expansion after Mansour Group takeover

20 January 2021

Photo: Handout "We were inspired by the fact that the Mansour Group grew its continual vision to invest south from Egypt, rather than East or West which tends to be the norm," says Tom Vernon, the founder of Right To Dream.

Tom Vernon, whose Right To Dream has been acquired by Mansour Group, tells UK club ownership is on the horizon for the firm behind Danish FC Nordsjaelland.

The global ecosystem of academies and clubs is looking to add first team platforms to drive growth for its academy graduates.

With sizeable long-term funding commitments given by Mansour Group, Vernon is confident his vision for Right To Dream emphasising social and personal development will be retained.

Strategic investment in culture will help produce better players and Vernon expects the group's current player pipeline will only make the firm more successful.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

Despite ceding majority control of the company he founded in 1999 with a vision to provide children from poverty the opportunity to build a better future for themselves through football, Tom Vernon is not worried his life's work will be corrupted by private equity investment. 

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