AFC Bournemouth is delighted to continue its participation in the world’s biggest football campaign to tackle climate change, Green Football Weekend.
Joining 80 other teams with the aim of scoring green goals, Cherries supporters have been registering their tallies online as the club currently sit fifth in the rankings on the national leaderboard.
Green goals are scored by taking climate-friendly actions and protecting nature, aspects which can also save money at the same time.
Fans have been registering their goals online here, whether it be eating a veggie meal, taking a shorter shower or cycling and walking more.
The weekend itself takes place between 3rd and 5th February, meaning there’s only a few days left to score those green goals and fire AFC Bournemouth up the table.
Alongside supporters, the club itself continues to do its bit for the environment and sustainability, with the following policies in place around Vitality Stadium:
- All non-essential electrical equipment and apparatus is switched off between home fixtures and events, including coolers, chillers, and refrigerators. A system of checks by managers ensures staff adhere to this policy.
- To reduce our water usage, taps on all our public and staff toilets have been replaced with push taps limiting flow rate. Players showers in both the training area and the stadium changing rooms are also push activated to minimise water usage.
- We worked closely with BCP council ensure as much of our waste as possible is recycled correctly. We separate all recyclable waste from the general waste in all areas of our business including all offices, conferencing, and event rooms and matchday concourse areas.
- During the 2018/19 season we joined forces with the Premier League and Sky Ocean Rescue on an initiative to reduce plastic waste generated by football stadia. This saw reusable cups replace disposable ones for draught drinks throughout the stadium and was a project inspiring fans to pass on plastic and reduce plastic waste in everyday life.
- There has been a steady change to electric mowers from the more traditional petrol driven ones with an aim to phase these out over a period of time.
- The Superstore has a range of sustainable products and where possible uses biodegradable and compostable packaging. Gift cards are made from Teslin which will biodegrade over time.
In addition to the above, the club’s fantastic partnership with Beryl helps encourage greener travel throughout our fanbase, with bays now situated outside Vitality Stadium. By using Beryl bikes, it helps keep congestion down and cut carbon emissions, while improving public health and the region’s air quality.
The Green Football Weekend campaign, which is set to become an annual event, is backed by more than 30 major supporters, including the FA, the EFL, the WSL, the National Trust, RSPB and the Church of England. Find out more here.