According to coach, premier football clubs should make sustainability a priority.
According to the new head coach of the world’s greenest football team, football has a “enormous possibility” to become a leading industry in sustainability.
Rob Edwards of Forest Green Rovers (FGR) said the environment is “probably one of the biggest difficulties we have,” and he called on Premier League clubs to help. “There is a huge chance for football to become a leader in sustainability because people look up to athletic idols and follow their lead,” he added. “Football fans are passionate. It will become a natural part of life if you show them where the environmental problems are and what can be done about them.”
“Football takes a stand on a broad range of cultural issues, quite rightly,” the 38-year-old former England U16s boss continued. The environment is unquestionably one of the most pressing issues we face, and FGR is right to take a stand.
“Premier League clubs have a larger audience and a larger platform, so we’re demonstrating to them that living sustainably is possible.”
FGR was named the world’s greenest football club by Fifa in 2017.
The New Lawn grounds in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, provide 100 percent green energy to the club, with some of it supplied via solar panels on the roof and a solar tracker.
All rainwater that falls on the stands or on the field is recycled, and the stadiums contain electric car charging stations to encourage fans to go to games in a more environmentally friendly manner.
The League two club, which is chaired by Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, 59, is also the world’s first vegan football club, having switched to a vegan menu in 2015 to reduce the environmental and animal welfare impacts of livestock farming, as well as to improve player performance and provide fans with healthier food on matchdays.
FGR striker Jamille Matt, 31, said he feels better when he eats vegan cuisine, and that his meatless diet has helped him recover faster from injuries and stay in shape.
Other clubs, according to the Jamaican footballer, “have a long way to go” in terms of sustainability.
When questioned if football was “green enough,” he responded, “I don’t think it is, but I think that is down to raising awareness to this part of the game and maybe utilizing players to influence this, we’ll see.”Brinkwire Summary News.”