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Pompey Working To #PassOnPlastic

Players are doing their bit to help the planet

24 October 2019

Sean Ragett
Pompey defender Sean Raggett with one of the squad's reusable water bottles

Plastic pollution is spoiling the planet’s oceans and killing wildlife.

And Portsmouth Football Club are doing their bit to reverse this worrying trend by working to eradicate single-use plastics from the training ground.

Players at the club’s Copnor base no longer use pre-bottled water to keep hydrated during their sessions.

Head physiotherapist Bobby Bacic explained how the squad have got behind the quest to cut down on waste.

He said: “All of the players have been given permanent bottles which are filled up every day and we’ve also got water fountains.

“It’s made a massive difference in terms of the plastic waste that’s produced and we’ve also stopped using disposable ice bags.

“We’ve been doing this for around six months now and all the players have responded incredibly well, really getting behind this.

"It’s made a massive difference in terms of the plastic waste that’s produced."

Bobby Bacic

“It takes a bit more time because you have to fill up all the bottles, so it’s just about getting used to those changing habits.

“The easier option is to buy bottles of water and hand them out, but this is much better for the environment and also a lot more hygienic.”

Centre-back Christian Burgess believes it is vital that Pompey try to do their bit to help protect our planet.

He said: “There’s a huge plastic crisis at the moment and it’s ruining our oceans, so this is really important.

“We’ve been looking at ways to reduce our waste at the training ground, particularly with single-use plastics.

"There’s a huge plastic crisis at the moment and it’s ruining our oceans, so this is really important."

Christian Burgess

“So having one bottle for the whole season when we’re at the training ground will obviously make a big difference.

“I try to waste as little as I can on an everyday basis and it’s pleasing that the club are also getting behind this to help the environment.”


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