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Wolves launched the innovative One Pack, One Planet project which rewilds parts of their training ground ©Wolves

Is your club backing Green Football Weekend?

This year’s Green Football Weekend takes place between 2nd-5th February – and we’d love to hear about any activities your supporters’ group or football clubs are planning.

There’s a specific focus on food by the campaign this year with 70+ players, pundits, celebrity chefs and club nutritionists sharing their favourite vegetarian recipes in a free online cookbook. 

Green Football Weekend calculates that if football fans in this country have just one vegetarian meal per day it would be the equivalent to removing 5.5m cars from our roads. 

However, actions are certainly not limited to food and fans can register a “goal” for their club in the Green Football Cup with more than 80 clubs entered and vying for the title. 

You could also switch to a green energy supplier, walk or cycle for journeys shorter than a couple of miles, or even just switch to reusable bottles rather than single use plastics. 

Bristol City 

Supporters of the club’s women’s team will benefit from half price coach travel (£16 reduced to £8) for their game against Aston Villa (being played in Walsall) on Saturday 3rd February. Disabled supporters can also travel with a personal assistant entirely free of charge. On the coach journey supporters will also be gifted with wildflower seeds to plant, courtesy of the football club.

Update: On the eve of Green Football Weekend the club also announced a range of new initiatives including free travel between Ashton Gate and Bristol Temple Meads station (AG3 bus), clothing recycling and 11 plant-based food concession options, including a plant-based pie and pasty of the day. 

Canaries Trust (Norwich City)

FSA affiliates Canaries Trust tell us: “Following on from the success of Green Football Weekend in 2023 – where the Norwich game against Burnley was a ‘green fixture’ – this year the club, and us as a Trust, are continuing our support of GFW even if the events on the day are more low-key than Alistair Campbell and Ed Balls arriving at Carrow Road on a tandem.

“You will find Trust members outside the ground where we will be telling you all about Pledgeball and getting you to actively make pledges to make football greener. Pledgeball is a brilliant initiative which helps fans make pledges to change their travel to a game, stop using disposable water bottles or even turn down their thermostat at home. All these green goals get converted into carbon dioxide savings that aren’t going into the atmosphere.”

Fulham Lilies

Fulham Lilies have been working closely with their club on various initiatives and last week they launched their Green Football Weekend plans. 

Both the Lillies and Fulham Supporters Trust (FST) will be encouraging supporters to get involved with articles in the Everton programme on the 30th January telling supporters all about the Green Weekend and the Green Weekend Football Cup. 

Fulham Lilies had been encouraging supporters to use public transport for the trip to Burnley but train strikes have put paid to that, although they’ve still been in discussions with the club about looking at other eco-friendly options for supporters. 

Wolves

The club has launched the One Pack, One Planet project committing the club towards achieving net zero by 2040. which means “minimising waste, and maximising reuse, protecting the natural environment and supporting a wilder future and embedding an environmental sustainability across the club while engaging, educating and communicating around sustainability.”

All external lighting at the club’s Compton Park training ground is being upgraded to LED, while produce that the Wolves Foundation grew on their allotment was used in hospitality on the opening Premier League game of the season at Molineux.

The club have also raised the cutting heights on grass areas around the training pitches and left a one-metre strip around the perimeter fencing as a “wildlife corridor”. Staff have also installed bird boxes and wild flowerbeds, attracting nesting birds. A “bug hotel” for insects has also been installed – and we’re sure many supporters will have stayed in one of those on an away day.

 

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