FC Nordsjælland have become the first club to join Juan Mata’s Common Goal campaign. The Danish club are now set to donate 1% of the club’s matchday to charity.
Speaking to BBC about their decision, om Vernon, chairman of FC Nordsjælland said:
Common Goal is a charitable project started by Street Football World and Juan Mata. The main aim is to use the immense power of football to generate social change and improve people’s lives. It’s members donate 1% of their income to active projects in all continents.
The initiative saw the light in August 2017 through an article that appeared on ‘The Players Tribune’ in which Juan Mata explained how he discovered football’s great capacity to unite people around the world. Since then, the initiative hasn’t stopped growing and plenty of people are now willing to change the world via football.
So far, 42 footballers (both male and female) have pledged to donate 1% of their income to the foundation. The likes of Mats Hummels, Alex Morgan, Shinji Kagawa and Giorgio Chiellini have joined the project.