Juan Mata’s new charitable initiative: Common Goal

From www.goal.com

The Manchester United star is leading a drive to donate a percentage of footballers’ earnings to good causes around the world. As goal reports:

«Global football is more awash with money than ever, and Manchester United star Juan Mata is leading a drive 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 initiative has been dubbed Common Goal. Common Goal is a charitable movement run by streetfootballworld that was launched with the support of Mata. Mata announced in an article for The Players’ Tribune that he was pledging one per cent of his salary to Common Goal, and called for other players to do the same. That money will be put towards «high-impact football charities from around the world».

«Streetfootballworld has built an international network of 120 such organisations that tackle social issues ranging from gender equality in India to peacebuilding in Colombia to refugee integration in Germany». The long-term aim is to «unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities that strengthen their communities through sport .At the time of writing, 16 players and one coach have joined Mata in pledging at least 1% of their salaries to Common Goal».

«The fact that we have added another three players to Common Goal in the last 11 days shows the growing potential of this movement,» Mata said after Stuttgart’s Dennis Aogo pledged 2% of his earnings to the cause.»I believe more than ever before that football can change the world. But, just like on the pitch, we need to work together. This is exactly what we’re doing with Common Goal.»

From Stars for Workers we are wishing success to this initiative, but we stress that we are working for a related aim since the year before. Unlike Common Goal, we are independent from any private corporation, and we focus on workers making the clothes and their families. We hope some football players also worry about workers who make the clothes, but no one has accepted until now.

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