Northern Ireland international Laura Rafferty becomes the latest member of Common Goal.
The social phenomenon that is Common Goal boasts more than three billion fans across the world. The project, spearheaded by Juan Mata, aims to unite lovers of sport and tackle social hardships.
Rafferty joins the likes of Megan Rapinoe and Casey Stoney in making a difference through Common Goal.
“I’m completely non-judgmental and I love promoting equality,” the defender told Her Football Hub. “This is the perfect opportunity for me.”
Rafferty represents Brighton and Hove Albion as the club’s charity ambassador. Off the pitch, she actively gets involved in her community, assisting with playing opportunities and helping to fight against discrimination issues.
Alongside this new opportunity, the Seagulls ace has also joined Irish charity SARI (Sport Against Racism Ireland). Representing her country both on and off the pitch is something Rafferty prides herself in.
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Passionate about her roots and creating a safe space for youngsters to play, Rafferty also proudly runs her own football academy.
“APD Southampton gives young girls the chance to develop in a positive environment,” she said. “The kids were loving the sessions prior to the pandemic. We can’t wait to return once it’s safe to do so.
“It’s so rewarding for me to see young players progressing. I’m grateful to be able to give them a platform to grow.”
Rafferty went on to express her excitement of working alongside other big names in the football industry.
Common Goal have a number of influential names who represent the company. Alex Morgan, Jurgen Klopp and Kasper Schmeichel are just three of their many dedicated representatives.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside other professionals who are working hard to make a difference,” the 24-year-old said.
She particularly highlighted Ballon d’Or winner Rapinoe, who has made waves in the world of women’s football.
“She’s a massive icon,” Rafferty said. “She’s bringing so much attention to the women’s game.”
The World Cup star and USWNT teammate Morgan were the first female footballers to sign up to Common Goal.
Laura Rafferty missed the entire 2019/20 season due to an ACL injury but will be ready to return once the Women’s Super League resumes next term.