AFC Bournemouth is delighted to announce our participation in the world’s biggest football campaign to tackle climate change, Green Football Weekend, joining 80 other UK clubs in the battle to protect our world.
Scoring opens for the campaign’s Green Football Cup, where it’s not the players but fan action who will decide the winner.
Green goals are scored by taking climate-friendly actions and protecting nature, aspects which can also save you money at the same time.
AFC Bournemouth fans can choose their activities and register their goals at here, whether they’re selecting to eat a veggie meal, taking a shorter shower, cycling and walking more, or turning the thermostat down by one degree. Three goals can be scored by pledging, or three goals per action by doing something and evidencing it.
Head of Community Sports Trust, Steve Cuss, spoke with afcb.co.uk about the initiative and all the benefits that come with it.
“The Green Football Weekend is a great way for AFC Bournemouth supporters to show ways to be more greener with small actions along with saving money. As a club, we are committed to continue to educate with schools and make changes for a sustainable future.”
Sarah Jacobs from Green Football Weekend also commented: “In scoring green goals for their club, football fans have incredible power to help protect our world - and save money in the process.
"If the UK’s 36 million supporters adopted three climate-friendly habits across the course of the 20 day tournament - reducing their shower time to four minutes, having two meat-free days per week and turning the thermostat down by one degree - fans could save more than 700 million kg CO2e, the equivalent of planting 11.78 million trees.”
Jacobs added: “The benefits go beyond helping tackle climate change and protecting nature. In taking part, fans can also make significant savings. By adopting these small changes for one year, they could reduce their household bill by £728.”
As well as mobilising fans to score their climate change goals, the club itself will be taking action over Green Football Weekend, by encouraging young supporters through primary and secondary school work to look at their actions and what they can do to make a change. The 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.
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