Timo Werner becomes the first manly player from Chelsea FC as he joins his club colleagues Magdalena Eriksson and Pernille Harder when becoming a part of Common Goal.
“I would like to help as best as I can,” the German international says in an official statement published on the Common Goal website this Saturday morning.
Timo Werner who recently joined Chelsea will therefore become the first player from Chelsea men’s team to donate 1 % of his salary to Juan Mata’s Common Goal organization.
What is Common Goal?
Common Goal was launched four years ago by Spain International and former Chelsea player Juan Mata on August 4th, 2017. It is a pledge-based charitable movement by streetfootballworld for the football industry.
The movement encourages professional football players, coaches and clubs to pledge at least 1 % of their salaries to a collective fund that supports football charities around the world.
Werner has been very outspoken about the fact that the move to England and signing for Chelsea has been a dream come true for him and in Common Goals statement about the German joining he says that he is aware of the fact that not everyone is as privileged in the times we are living in right now;
“At the same time, I am very conscious of the fact that there are people all over the world currently struggling to tackle the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why I would like to help as best as I can through Common Goal.”
“There are certain issues that particularly move me, and I am also interested in supporting and kicking off projects in Stuttgart and Leipzig.”
Magdalena Eriksson and Pernille Harder joined Common Goal last summer, and the pair then chose to support “Play Proud” which is a project that focuses on educating young coaches and leaders within the game and about how to create an environment to be more accepting. The project promotes inclusion amongst as many people as possible and gives LGBT+ youth safe spaces within sports.
Eriksson and Harder welcome their club colleague into Common Goal and praise Werner’s initiative to join;
“It is fantastic to see such talent as Timo arriving at Chelsea, and also to have such a top player joining the Common Goal team. I am sure that Timo will have as much positive impact on the pitch as on a social level.”
“Having recently arrived, I am so impressed by the positive atmosphere at the club, and Timo joining has really added to the excitement. I hope that more Chelsea players and staff reflect on what we can achieve working as a team off the pitch, while we are all striving for success on it.”