Mawson commits to Common Goal charity

20th October 2017

Swans defender Alfie Mawson has become one of the first English players to pledge at least one per cent of his wages to the Common Goal charity initiative.

Mawson is leading the way for top-flight players, with the 23-year-old joining Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels in donating a percentage of their earnings to high-impact football charities around the world.

Common Goal is the charity pioneered by Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata in August this year.

And former England Under-21 international Mawson, who has risen to the Premier League with the Swans just three years after having featured in non-league with Welling United, was keen to give his backing financially to the project.

“It was only a few years ago that I was playing non-league and helping out my dad at the weekends with his market stall,” said Mawson, who joined the Swans from Barnsley in August 2016.

“I’m now at a great place and I want to concentrate 100 per cent on my football. I don’t want to cause any fuss or anything, but joining Common Goal allows me to focus on my career while forming part of something that can really help transform lives of those less fortunate. It’s a good thing for football.”

Mawson’s commitment to the initiative has not gone unnoticed by Mata, who said: “I’ve been speaking to several English players who have shown an interest in Common Goal and it’s brilliant that Charlie and Alfie are the first players to make the pledge.

“They are both top Premier League players and their commitment is a great step in the evolution of Common Goal.”

What is Common Goal and streetfootballworld?

Common Goal is a creation of streetfootballworld, the international leader in football for good. Over the past 15 years, the organisation has assembled a global network of more 120 local charities that use football as a tool to tackle social issues ranging from gender equality in India to peacebuilding in Colombia to refugee integration in Germany.

streetfootballworld will support Common Goal’s members by aligning their donations with football charities that generate the greatest impact around the world.