Portsmouth Football Club are pleased to offer their support to the world’s biggest football campaign to tackle climate change, Green Football Weekend, joining a group of 80 professional UK clubs in the battle to protect our planet.
Earlier this month, scoring began for the campaign’s Green Football Cup, where fans will decide the winner.
Supporters can take part by scoring green goals by taking climate-friendly actions in a bid to take home the silverware, tackle climate change, protect nature and save money all at the same time.
Fans can choose their activities and register their goals here – whether it is making a meat-free family meal, taking a shorter shower, walking to work or the new 'Layer Up Challenge', which encourages people to try to put on as many football tops as possible in 30 seconds.
Three goals can be scored once by pledging or three goals per action by taking action and evidencing it.
Thousands of schools are also taking part, with teachers running dedicated lessons and clubs sending staff and mascots into classrooms to inspire students.
The competition will culminate in Green Football Weekend on February 3-5, when the winning team will be revealed with an area of rainforest the size of 1,000 football pitches (protected by Rainforest Trust UK) in the name of the club.
Sarah Jacobs from Green Football Weekend said: “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.
“And 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.”
Pompey continue to be dedicated to minimising the environmental impacts of their activities across all operations.
The club recently pledged their commitment to environmental sustainability by signing the Portsmouth Green Partnership Charter, with more details available here.
In 2019, the club also worked with the registered charity Final Straw Foundation to replace plastics and other waste that goes straight to landfills with environmentally friendly alternatives.
Pompey in the Community also launched their first Premier League Inspires sustainability event, which saw school children from Castle View Academy and Admiral Lord Nelson learn and work together to create new ideas around sustainability.
Green Football Weekend is powered by Sky Sports, BT Sport, the Football Supporters' Association, Pledgeball, Planet League, First News and Count Us In.