UEFA Foundation for Children supports Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund!

UEFA Foundation for Children supports Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund, a newly-launched initiative that will fund charities focused on helping children who live in world’s worst hit communities, including frontlines of conflict zones.

The UEFA Foundation for Children has announced plans to contribute to the Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund, underlining European football’s solidarity in helping the world’s poorest communities cope with the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating impact.

The Foundation, which sponsors dozens of humanitarian and development projects across the globe, is the first sports institution to support the Response Fund set up on Tuesday by Common Goal– a group of 150 players, managers and leaders who have pledged one percentage of their annual earnings from football to charities working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

“In these difficult times which affect many countries and especially the most fragile populations, it is important to coordinate and organise responses adapted to each situation,” said UEFA president and UEFA Foundation for Children chairman Aleksander Ceferin.

“It is for this reason that the board of trustees of the UEFA Foundation for Children decided to join this initiative, to allow football to play a role of social responsibility.”

Mr Ceferin has been a long-time supporter of Common Goal, having joined in November 2017. Members of the initiative commit 1% of their annual salary to try to facilitate positive change around the globe.

“This is a really positive step for the Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund and I would like to thank the UEFA Foundation for Children,” added Manchester United FC midfielder Juan Mata, the first member to join Common Goal back in August 2017.

“To overcome the coronavirus and the other challenges facing humanity, we need to coordinate individual efforts and work together as a team. I am urging not only my Common Goal teammates, but also all other players and football leaders from around the world to untie and help tackle this crisis, and at the same time, use this as a catalyst to play a key role in tackling the other challenges humanity is facing.”

Sport’s positive impact

The UEFA Foundation for Children’s contribution to the Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund will help to support youngsters who have been affected by the pandemic. Aside from the short-term aims, the foundation will also look to ensure that assistance will continue with a focus being placed on communities in conflict zones.

“In the midst of this crisis, football has the chance to realise its full potential in playing a leading role in shaping the world. Together, with the support of everyone who loves football, the sport has a real opportunity to have a positive impact,” said Common Goal CEO Jürgen Griesbeck said. “We are delighted to have the trust and support from the UEFA Foundation for Children.”

The UEFA Foundation for Children supports dozens of humanitarian and development projects across the globe. In 2018, the first edition of the Match For Solidarity took place in Geneva, which involved UEFA, the United Nations Office in Geneva joining forces in order to raise money for charity.

Live Match platform

With players across the globe confined to their houses, Common Goal has also created the Live Match platform. Players are invited to commit the 90 minutes they are no longer spending on the pitch playing football, to instead create positive outcomes which benefit communities during these difficult times.

The Common Goal Live Match is open to all players, managers and industry leaders within football, to use 90 minutes to help support initiatives to help offset the damage caused to communities by the coronavirus.

How to support the Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund

Donations to the Common Goal COVID-19 Response Fund can be made on: www.common-goal.org/Donate

Players who want to take the Common Goal pledge can do so on: www.common-goal.org/Join/SignUp/Player

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