Right To Play is very pleased to welcome Southampton FC forward and Senior England International Nathan Redmond as our latest Athlete Ambassador.
Nathan started his impressive career with Birmingham City, making his debut at the age of 16 years and 173 days – the second youngest player in the Club’s history. He then moved to Norwich City in 2013, followed by Southampton FC in 2016, where he became a mainstay in the starting line-up and scored nine goals for the club. Nathan is widely known as one of England’s brightest young talents. He made his Senior England debut against Germany on 22nd March 2017.
Nathan’s role as an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play will allow him to share his passion for sport and play and raise awareness of the plight of vulnerable children around the world. During the 2017/18 season, Nathan has committed to making a donation to Right To Play for every goal he scores and every assist he makes. Every goal could give as many as 33 children access to Right To Play programmes for a whole year.
“Football has shaped my whole life and I feel passionately about the power of sport and play to change lives. Through sport you learn about respect and hard work, you learn about trust and working together, you grow confidence in yourself and learn that you can make a difference and shape your own future. I believe every child deserves the chance to succeed and reach their potential. I’m excited to be working with Right To Play and now I need to score some goals this season to give more children the right to play.”
The launch of the partnership coincided with Southampton’s match against West Ham United on 19th August which is World Humanitarian Day, a United Nations day which aims to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. Right To Play works in 52 refugee camps, helping to meet the needs of some of the 11 million children who have been displaced by war and violence.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Nathan as our latest Athlete Ambassador. Nathan understands the positive impact sport and play can have on young lives having experienced it himself and will be a great advocate of our work”, says Neil Child-Dyer, Partnerships Manager at Right To Play UK. “We are blown away by his generosity and commitment to donate to Right To Play for every goal he scores this season. We wish Nathan all the best for the season.”
Nathan joins a leading group of Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors who embody the best values of sport and help raise awareness and funds for the children in our programmes.