Common Goal

Common Goal

I am very excited to see the progress that the Manchester United footballer, Juan Mata is making with his Comon Goal project. The Manchester United star is leading a drive to donate a percentage of footballers’ earnings to good causes around the world. Clearly Global football is more awash with money than ever and the Manchester United star Juan Mata is leading a project to give back to the communities that raised today’s stars by redistributing a small percentage of those resources to charitable causes around the world.

The project is called Common Goal. Already he has enlisted many world names in football – men, women and administrators to the project and can already count on the like of

Mata announced in an article for The Players’ Tribune in August 2017 that he was pledging one per cent of his salary to Common Goal, and called for other players to do the same.

He wrote, “So starting today, I am pledging 1% of my salary to Common Goal, a collective fund — run by the award-winning NGO streetfootballworld — that supports football charities around the globe. It’s a small gesture that if shared can change the world.

I’m asking my fellow professionals to join me in forming a Common Goal Starting XI. Together we can create a movement based on shared values that can become integral to the whole football industry — forever.

I am leading this effort, but I don’t want to be alone.

“One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to accomplish your dreams. We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we don’t see it enough in the social space. Common Goal is creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. It’s the most effective and sustainable way that football can deliver long-term social impact on a global scale. Football has the power to do this, but we need to act together.

So now I would like to call upon my fellow footballers to help. We have so many opportunities simply because we play a children’s game. We are so lucky to live a dream. Let’s come together and help kids everywhere experience that same light and joy. By doing so we can show the wider football industry that Common Goal needs to happen and that it will happen, because it’s right.

The focus now is on contributions from players, but the the long-term goal is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities that strengthen their communities through sport.

Just last month, I traveled to Mumbai, India, to see one such charity. We went to a slum just outside the main city, and at first it was very hard to comprehend the level of poverty. No child should have to live like that. Seeing the conditions, my spirits were a bit down.

But then we started interacting with the local kids. Their English wasn’t great, and I’m not sure all of them even knew that I was a football player, but we communicated through laughter and the game. If I smiled, they smiled. If I ran, they ran.”

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