Real Madrid Head Coach Joins Common Goal
Los Blancos’ David Aznar vows to use the game to address gender inequalities
As newly formed Real Madrid Femenino prepare for their debut league campaign against defending champions Barcelona, Head Coach David Aznar wants to use this moment to highlight the game’s potential to drive social change.
Alongside his decision to become the latest manager to join football’s growing social impact movement, the Madrid man shared his belief that those involved in the beautiful game have a massive responsibility to give back to society.
Seeing first-hand the value of football in people’s lives irrespective of gender, race or creed, the leader of the Los Blanco’s ladies team wants to address the issue of gender inequality – and will be putting his 1% pledge towards Global Goal 5 Accelerator, a collective project to advance the efforts of grassroots organisations towards gender equality.
“I have decided to support – through my 1% – a project that is fundamentally based on gender equality and whose main objective is to increase the participation of girls in football for development programmes,” he said.
“The truth is that female football has evolved a lot over the last few years, it has had a [considerable] growth and I think we are on the right track.
“I also believe that it has more and more media attention and social interest, and all of this is going to help its growth.
“It is also very important to me that the clubs are committed to the education of girls at an early age. All of this will continue to help give women's football a more prominent role in the upcoming years.”
Aznar’s Real Madrid team begin their Liga Iberdrola campaign with a mouth-watering El Clásico against reigning champions, Barcelona - a side that went the entire of the previous season undefeated, conceding just 6 goals in the process.
David knows that he and his girls have a fight on their hands in what will be the clubs first ever league game since the amalgamation with his former club CD Tácon – but is incredibly excited nonetheless and is pleased that through football he can help those with more serious battles to thrive.
“For me football is my life and my passion, I am lucky enough to work at it professionally” he said.
“It’s a pleasure to be part of this movement. I have been lucky enough to live incredible moments and experiences.
“Joining Common Goal means to me to give back everything that it has given to me and above all being able to collaborate and contribute towards people who really need it.”