FC Nordsjælland Joins Common Goal
The Europa-bound Danish Club is the first club to commit to Common Goal’s 1%
It has been quite a first ten months for Common Goal (and it’s not over yet!). One of the biggest milestones of the year happened with last week’s announcement that Danish Club FC Nordsjælland has become the first club to join the movement. With this commitment, FCN will donate 1% of the club’s total stadium revenues to Common Goal; the entire 10-member management team has taken the 1% pledge; and all contracts, including club administration, players, and staff will contain the 1% commitment with the ability to “opt-out.”
The announcement was made just before kickoff of the final game of the season in which FC Nordsjælland achieved Europa League qualification.
Juan Mata, the first player to join the movement, made the announcement through a video introduction played on the stadium video board and across social media.
Kasper Schmeichel, Leicester and Danish National team keeper, was on hand to help to sign the pledge agreement on behalf of Common Goal together with FCN CEO Søren Kristensen.
Søren had this to say about his club’s commitment:
“We are proud of the fact, that we are the first club to join Common Goal.We can see that there is a clear match regarding values, between Common Goal and us. We are a club that would like to do, as we say we do. Whether it is regarding gender equality, developing young people and players or making a difference to others through football. So we enter Common Goal without any hesitation or reservations. We are convinced, that it is the right thing for us and for football.”
Juan sat down with an team for an exclusive interview to speak about how important it was for FCN to be the first club to take the pledge.
FC Nordsjaelland’s commitment is unprecedented in the game, and together we hope that it will further spark inspiration throughout the world of football to make the 1% the norm across all aspects of the game.
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