Mata’s Common Goal celebrates anniversary
The charity initiative has now been running for 12 months, with 57 fellow contributors having joined the Spaniard in donating part of their salaries
Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative has celebrated its one-year anniversary, with close to £615,000 raised so far.
The Manchester United star opened the charitable project on August 4, 2017.
The project has generated almost £615,000 in total, with £385,000 having been invested into 27 grassroots football projects across the globe.
Some £85,000 was raised for football organisations during the 2018 World Cup, with Common Goal working with WeWork and Facebook to tackle issues such as gender equality, social inclusion and access to education.
The cause has also welcomed its first professional club onto its books, with Danish side FC Nordsjaelland signing up.
Their pledge has seen them gift one per cent of their gate receipts for a Europa League qualifying fixture.
Club chairman Tom Vernon said about the initiative: “We believe that it is a club’s responsibility to offer a holistic education to players and Common Goal is the best tool available.
More football clubs are expected to follow suit, while Mata and Co continue to open themselves up to other sporting personalities joining their project.