Cambridge United is taking part in the world’s biggest football campaign to tackle climate change, Green Football Weekend, taking place Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th February...
Green Football Weekend brings together 80 of the UK’s professional football clubs, fans, families and communities to unleash the power of football on climate change.
Green goals can be scored by taking climate-friendly actions and protecting nature, aspects which can also save you money at the same time. Many U's fans will be familiar with the format - powered by Planet League - after the Club's success in the CUP26 competition in 2021.
Cambridge United fans can sign up, choose their activities and register their goals by clicking here. Examples of activities include eating a meat-free meal, cycling to the game or filling up reusable bottles with tap water. Three goals can be scored by pledging, or three goals per action by doing something and evidencing it.
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.”
“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.”
Fans at the Ipswich match next Saturday can visit the Junior U's Kids' Zone to take part in the Layer Up challenge - an activity where you try to put as many layers of clothing on as possible within 30 seconds - to score goals for the U's.
We encourage all our supporters to consider how they can have a green impact whilst either on their way to or at the game, such as using public transport or cycling to the Stadium, or buying one of our many veggie meal options on offer at the Abbey.
There will also be a collection point for any unwanted cans of food that will be donated to the local food bank. A great way to make sure that food doesn’t end up in landfill whislt helping local families in the process.
The campaign, which is set to become an annual event, is backed by more than 30 major supporters, including the FA, the EFL, the WSL, the National Trust, RSPB and the Church of England.