Charlton and the club’s partners are encouraging supporters to change one thing for the club’s first ever Greener Games.
The men’s first-team host Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley on Saturday, February 25th in Sky Bet League One before the women’s first-team host Birmingham City at The Oakwood on Sunday, February 26th in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, with the club joining forces with partners to encourage players, staff and supporters to make more environmentally-friendly decisions.
The club’s front of shirt partners, RSK - a global group of environmental, engineering and technical services businesses who are the club’s official sustainability partner - and the University of Greenwich will be playing a key role in a week of activity.
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- Men’s and women’s first-team players will receive a presentation from RSK on the importance of sustainability and the work they can be doing to help the environment
- Men’s first-team player George Dobson and women’s first-team player Poppy Soper will be meeting members of the Young Greenwich youth service Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) delivers on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich to discuss sustainability and work on a green-themed Charlton Athletic badge to be used across the club’s channels around the matchday
- Local council Royal Borough of Greenwich are reaching out to residents to encourage them to attend the games and walk to the stadiums. Ahead of Saturday’s Greener Game there will be an organised walk from Dial Arch Square in Woolwich to The Valley which aims to encourage local supporters to reduce their emissions by promoting a more sustainable way to attend the match.
- CACT is working with RSK and the club’s waste management partner Countrystyle Recycling to deliver sustainable recycling workshops, and is organising a team of young people to organise a litter pick focusing on waste that can be recycled around the matchdays
- Promotion and coverage across club and partner channels
Charlton Owner Thomas Sandgaard said: “As a football club we have to continue to think more sustainably. We began our journey with RSK, our sustainability partner, last year and we’re encouraging all of our players, staff, supporters and partners to get involved and change one thing to help make a difference.”
Jim White, RSK's environmental consultant to Charlton, said: "RSK knows that no one can rival Charlton supporters for sheer passion for the game. The company, as a proud sponsor, is excited about working with the club and the fans to bring that same passion to the sustainability message which we know is so important to the club and its players.
"Sustainability relies on everyone doing their bit, just like the teamwork we see from the players on the pitch. We are committed to working hard with Charlton and its fans to bring this message home and we'll offer practical advice on how to make a difference. A real way to achieve this is by thinking about travel to the match. Travelling by train significantly cuts carbon emissions (reduced by five times compared to car travel). If public transport is not feasible, we ask fans to consider using the Valley Express coach service or car sharing to reduce the number of cars on the road and emissions created."
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich Professor Jane Harrington said: "We're proud to support the brilliant Greener Games initiative. Sustainability is vitally important to our students - it's relevant to their studies, lives and future careers. We're producing graduates who can change our world for the better and encouraging our students, staff and partners to take green actions every day. By working together, we can make a difference."
Stuart Butler-Gallie, Countrystyle’s Director of Compliance and CACT Trustee, said: “Key to making a difference to the future of our planet and to the communities in which we live is to understand why sustainable recycling matters.
"Countrystyle is working with the club and CACT to educate staff and supporters about sustainable recycling. Importantly, Countrystyle offer local solutions; for example recycling food and green waste, which significantly reduces waste miles, generates local energy and creates organic fertilisers for use by farms in Kent to grow locally sourced food that can eventually return to The Valley as part of the circular economy.”
CACT’s Chief Executive Jason Morgan said: “We’re delighted to work with a range of partners to deliver the club’s first ever Greener Games.
“Sustainability is a growing part of what we do with our Green Team network and participants involved both in the run-up and during the weekend itself. I’d like to thank all organisations who are supporting these matchdays.”