The Foundation for the Children of the UEFA has announced its plans to contribute to the Response Fund, the Common Goal COVID-19, stressing the solidarity of football with the world’s poorest communities in dealing with the devastating impact of the pandemic coronavirus.
The Foundation, which sponsors dozens of humanitarian and development projects all over the planet, it is the first sport institution that supports the Response Fund created Tuesday by the Common Goal, a group of 150 players and players, coaches, and leaders who spend one percent of their annual earnings, from football to charity projects for the most vulnerable children in the world.
“In these difficult times that affect many countries and especially of the population more fragile, it is important to coordinate and organize responses adapted to each situation,” said the president of UEFA and president of the Foundation for the Children of the UEFA, Aleksander Čeferin.
“It is for this reason that the board of directors of the Foundation for the Children of the UEFA decided to join this initiative, to allow the football to play a role of social responsibility”.
Čeferin has been a long-time supporter of the Common Goal, having joined in November of 2017. The members of the initiative commit themselves to spend 1% of their annual salary to try to facilitate a positive change throughout the world.
“This is a really positive Response Fund Common Goal COVID-19 and I would like to thank the Foundation for the Children of the UEFA,” said Juan Mata, player of Manchester United FC and first member to join the Common Goal in August of 2017.
“We will only overcome the coronavirus and the following challenges that we face as a society by joining efforts and working in a team. I want to encourage not just my colleagues in the Common Goal, but also to all the other players and leaders in the world of football to join in a single team to deal with this crisis, and at the same time, use this as a catalyst to play a key role in addressing the other challenges facing humanity”.
The positive impact of sport
The contribution of the Foundation of the Childhood of the UEFA to the Response Fund, the Common Goal COVID-19 will help support young people who have been affected by the pandemic. Apart from the short-term objectives, the foundation will seek to ensure that the assistance will continue beyond, focusing on communities in conflict zones.
“In the midst of this crisis, football has the opportunity to realize their potential to play a leadership role in shaping the world. Together, with the support of all those that love football, the sport has a real opportunity to have a positive impact,” said the CEO of the Common Goal, Jürgen Griesbeck. “We are delighted to have the confidence and support of the Foundation for the Children of the UEFA”.
The Foundation for the Children of the UEFA supports dozens of humanitarian and development projects all over the planet. In 2018, the first edition of the Party for Solidarity took place in Geneva, and in it were involved in the UEFA and the United Nations Office in Geneva, who joined forces to raise money for charitable causes.
Platform Live Match
As the players from all over the world have to stay at home, the Common Goal has also created the platform Live Match. It invites the players to engage the 90 minutes it will no longer pass on the field playing football, in its place, create benefits for the communities in these difficult times.
Juan Mata, who launched the Common Goal in August of 2017, will conduct the first Live Match is at 19:00 CET (18:00 uk time) on 9 April, using his account Instagram to connect with the fans and with the front of the FC Bayern München Serge Gnabry.
Mata will also use the platform Live Match in order to connect with a community organization based in football that it supports through the Common Goal, while also encouraging people to donate to the Response Fund, the Common Goal COVID-19.
“On the field, football is not based on the person. By far you are the best not you’ll achieve the best results if you’re not in the team,” said Gnabry.
“Off the field is the same. We need to develop a new way of thinking in the football industry, based on international collaboration and team work. In the Common Goal, there is no ego, it is about working together to cover the biggest problems that there are in football.”
The Common Goal’s Live Match is available to all players, technicians and leaders of the football industry use 90 minutes to help support initiatives that help to compensate for the harm caused in communities by the coronavirus.
How to support the Response Fund Common Goal COVID-19
Donations to the response fund, the Common Goal COVID-19 can be done in: www.common-goal.org/Donate
Players who want to join the initiative, the Common Goal can do so at: www.common-goal.org/Join/SignUp/Player
In addition to making a donation to the fund for response or become part of the Common Goal, individuals and organizations from the world of football, and other sectors, are encouraged to join the Common Goal Live Matches, which start tonight with Juan Mata.
On Common Goal
The Common Goal now has almost 150 members, who commit themselves to allocate a minimum of 1% of their revenue from the football to a global network of charitable organizations of high impact that empower disadvantaged young people by using soccer as a key tool. Among the members are players like Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel, Eniola Aluko, Shinji Kagawa, Mats Hummels and Megan Rapinoe, as well as technicians such as Jürgen Klopp and Julian Nagelsmann, and leaders of the industry of football as the UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin. The movement supports the network streetfootballworld 135 community-based organizations based in the football, they are in a unique position to provide support and essential services in direct response to the pandemic coronavirus to more than 200 communities in over 90 countries and more than 2 million young people.