This first Greener Game will be taking place in the lead up to Earth Day on 22 April and will provide Southampton and Arsenal supporters with a wide range of opportunities to enjoy a more environmentally friendly match. The game forms part of Southampton FC’s sustainability strategy, called The Halo Effect, which helped land the team third in the Premier League’s sustainability league table, after Liverpool and Tottenham.
The club will be providing fans with a free and discounted vegan food, single-use plastic waste recycling on the day, and for fans who choose to travel by car to the city, a free park and ride service, and at half-time, The Halo Effect ambassador and Southampton FC Women’s player Katie Rood will be taking to the pitch to talk about her passion for the environment.
Caroline Carlin AIEMA, Operations & Sustainability Manager for Southampton Football Club, said:
“We are pleased to be coming together with Arsenal Football Club for the Greener Game.
“At Southampton Football Club, we’re committed to ensuring a sustainable future for our club, our fans and our community. Its why in January last year we launched our sustainability strategy, The Halo Effect, signalling our commitment to live up to our environmental, corporate, fan and social responsibilities.
“We hope that at the Greener Game we can challenge people’s views on the importance of environmental sustainability and encourage our fans to think about the different ways in which we can all help protect our planet.”
Toby Shaw, Director of Commercial Marketing at IEMA, said:
“It’s excellent to see Southampton FC leading the sporting community in the transition to a net-zero society.
“Their Halo Effect report, and the commitment they are showing to environmental protection with this Greener Game shows that all sectors can and must do their part to deliver a sustainable society.”
Fans will be able to take home wildflower seeds to plant at home, with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust handing out activity packs and prizes as part of their Wilder Southampton project. Supporters will also be able to take photos in front of a stunning living wall, made up of 192 plants, with the opportunity for fans to make their own personal environmental sustainability pledges.
Posted on 14th April 2022
Written by Tom Pashby
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