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Green Football Weekend: 80+ clubs commit to action on climate crisis

More than 80 clubs have joined forces to combat the climate crisis ahead of the first ever Green Football Weekend – and supporters are being encouraged to take action too.

The Green Football Weekend will take place from Friday 3rd February to Sunday 5th February with clubs implementing changes by making their fixtures ‘greener games’.

Green Football Weekend organisers are encouraging everyone across the game to small actions which can make a difference to the environment and your pocket. Going vegetarian some days, turning the thermostat down one degree and taking shorter showers can all have a positive impact.

Supporters can register their own “green goals” at greenfootballweekend.com with the most committed fanbases moving their club up the league table.

The winning club will pick up the inaugural Green Football Cup and an area of rainforest the size of 1,000 football pitches will be protected by Rainforest Trust UK in the name of that club.

An array of prizes are also up for grabs including tickets to top-flight games, Football Manager 2023 codes, a signed England shirt and tickets to the Football Supporters’ Association’s annual awards show.

Green Football Weekend’s Sarah Jacobs: “By adopting small changes for one year, fans could reduce their household bill by up to £728.”

Brentford defender Ben Mee says: “The footballing community has the power to push the conversation forward and make real change that will help protect the world.

“There are so many ways fans can support during Green Football Weekend – at home, at work, at their local football clubs – and every small action adds up to making a massive difference.”

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham called the climate crisis “one of the most pressing issues of our time” and said football “has the power to inspire people and improve lives, and collectively we can make positive and meaningful change.”

The campaign is set to become an annual event, and backed by more than 30 organisations, including the FSA, FA, EFL, WSL, National Trust, RSPB and the Church of England as well as media outlets Sky Sports, BT Sport, First News and campaign groups Pledgeball, Planet League and Count Us In.

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Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball
  • SD Europe