Football clubs, schools and local communities participate in CUP26 to mark National Climate Action Day | Football news
Thousands of football fans, families and schools will participate in CUP26, the largest climate football campaign ever, to score goals for their team and protect the planet.
Dressed in their football team colors, CUP26 players across the UK walk or cycle and eat a plant-based meal – sending a message to world leaders on climate change.
To coincide with a National Climate Action Day, collective actions by football supporters will determine the winner of the tournament, while raising awareness for an important cause.
Tom Gribbin, CEO of Planet Super League, said: “Thousands of people across the UK are abandoning their cars today, cooking up plant-based treats and calling on world leaders to protect the planet as part of CUP26 National Climate Action Day.
“Football has incredible power to engage fans on issues that matter to them, and by scoring their hat-trick, fans are doing their part for the planet and helping their club win the tournament.”
Fans can register for free at CUP26.co.uk and score goals for their club by carrying out activities to protect the planet.
The clubs play weekly fixtures against their rivals, and the club whose supporters score the most goals wins the match.
There are 100 goal-scoring activities on the website, including a delicious plant-based meal, biking and walking to work and school, and the “No Moura Landfill” supported by Lucas Moura, where fans are invited to show off their footballing skills while recycling.
The list of recognized activities also includes names like ‘leg power 5k’, ‘club bird feeder’, ‘screens off’, ‘electric transfer’, ‘over the line’, ‘smart move’, ‘no moo milk’ and ‘insect stage’.
CUP26 winners will be invited to attend the first Monday of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, which begins at the end of October.
Since its launch in September, more than 3,000 “targets” have been registered, which would represent 2,000 actions for the climate and a reduction in carbon emissions of 14,000 kg.
CUP26, by Planet Super League and Count Us In, is supported by the UK government’s campaign Together for Our Planet as well as media partner Sky Zero, National Grid and Nature’s Bounty.
Organizations linked to the following clubs participate:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Birmingham, Burnley, Burton, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chelsea, Chesterfield, Crystal Palace, Derby, Everton, Exeter, Fulham, Hibernian, Huddersfield, Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool, Luton , Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Plymouth, Preston, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield United, Shrewsbury, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland, Swindon, Swansea, Tottenham, Walsall, West Brom , West Ham, Wigan, Wolves, Wrexham and Wycombe.