Saints Foundation is celebrating after Southampton star Maya Yoshida pledged one per cent of his salary to the club’s official charity this season, further helping them to transform lives in the community.
In doing so, the Japan international has become one of the first Premier League players to make a monthly donation to a club-related cause. Having expressed an interest in supporting young people across the city, his contribution will help Saints Foundation with projects in both primary and secondary schools as well as their work across their disability programmes.
Speaking about his decision to give the charity a significant five-figure sum across the season, Yoshida explained: “I have been here for seven years now and I have got a lot from the club and from the city. Now it is time for me to give something back to them.
“I want to work closely with Saints Foundation to do something special for the people in this city.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time,” he added. “I know they help people that need it in the area. I want to support them as much as I can and Saints Foundation is the best way to do that.”
Along with helping the local community, Yoshida is hoping his donation can show some of Southampton’s younger players a way to bring positive change to others.
“It’s important to show my actions to the younger players and be a good role model for them. I hope this will show them how they should act as a professional footballer.”
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Saints Foundation will continue to work with the defender over the coming months, as he heads out to sessions across the city to see how his donation will impact the community.
Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation, knows just how much of a difference Yoshida’s generosity will have.
“Everyone at Saints Foundation is hugely grateful to Maya for his generosity. It is an incredible gesture that we will be putting to very good use,” he enthused. “This will only help us continue to deliver on our mission to help people in our community be more involved, healthier and empowered.
“We are proud that Maya has singled us out for our work and we are all looking forward to working closely with him this season, which we hope will be successful both on and off the pitch.”