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Joseph Aidoo: "The key to success is hard work, commitment and sacrifice".

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Before his trip to Qatar, where he is surrounded by his whole family, we were lucky enough to chat with him to learn a little more about his career, from his childhood until today.

As an international school, our educational community is made up of families of diverse nationalities and cultures, creating a truly enriching multicultural learning environment, both for our students and for the rest of the educational community. Among them is the Aidoo family; and Joseph, a Celta Vigo player, is currently in Qatar playing in the World Cup defending the colours of his national team, Ghana.

Before his trip to Qatar, where he is surrounded by his whole family, we were lucky enough to chat with him to learn a little more about his career, from his childhood until today. As a professional football player, geographical mobility is common for him and his family, but after a tough first year, they now admit to feeling at home. "For us Vigo has been a blessing, we have made friends who are becoming family, and it's a wonderful feeling".

The youngest members of the family have adapted just as well. "Our children come to school happy every day, and that's the most important thing for us". The British and international curriculum and its recognition worldwide and the use of English as the language of instruction were other important reasons, although O Castro's educational philosophy played a decisive role. "They are educating them to face their future, they are learning them to build themselves as people, to respect themselves and others, it is a very complete education, beyond the academic aspect, and we really value that". 

When asked what advice he would give to any child who has a dream, Joseph Aidoo's answer is clear. "It's all about effort, commitment and a lot of sacrifice," he says. Something that was instilled in him by his family from a very young age, and which has guided him to achieve his goals, he recalls. "There are thousands of kids who can play football very well, but without hard work and commitment the road is complicated. Of course, there is always a luck factor, but without everything else, success never comes. My father told me when I was the age of my youngest daughter and I went to watch a World Cup match in France in 1998... he said... one day you'll be there. And here we are”.

It was a very nice chat, and we thank the Aidoo family for giving us the opportunity to get to know them a little better. We wish Joseph Aidoo and his team the best of luck for this World Cup.

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