Right to Dream Egypt had the perfect start to the week, with the help of a very special friend – and partner.
Not only is he an exceptional player (A World Cup champion and a European Championship winner!), But he’s also an inspiring role model who’s always striving to make a positive impact.
He co-founded the inspiring Common Goal movement - a pledge-based philanthropic movement that seeks to unite the football community and uses the power of football to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Something we all believe in passionately at Right to Dream.
And it’s why we teamed up with Common Goal in 2022 and have since been working together on enabling the football industry to maximize its contribution to social change.
So, it’s so exciting to have such an outstanding midfielder – and changemaker - over at our Egypt Academy. During his short visit, Mata got to experience first-hand our unique model which combines football, education, and character development to supports talents fulfill their potential.
And of course, our young student-athletes couldn’t wait to learn from his illustrious career - And they didn’t hold back. They asked him about everything, from his time at the Real Madrid Academy to his Chelsea and Manchester United successes, and his Galatasaray move.
So, the Spanish midfielder opened up on his footballing journey and his top career moments, saying that playing for his home country and winning the World Cup is the best feeling in the world.
He emphasized the importance of pushing forward even at his lowest moments, saying it’s the secret to having a long career. And advised the Right to Dream athletes to do the same.
“Resilience and perseverance are very important qualities. You also have to be always there for your teammates,”
Right to Dream Egypt CEO Mohamed Wasfy was thrilled with the visit, knowing the incredible impact such meetings have on our young athletes, and how it inspires them to push themselves on and off the pitch.
“Having a World Cup winner speak to the boys and girls about life and football will have a huge impact on their mindset,”