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The Trust Join Forces with ECI to Celebrate Green Football Weekend

Green Football Weekend 2024


The Exeter City Supporters’ Trust is joining forces with Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) as part of Green Football Weekend.

 

This Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers is the Club’s dedicated 'Green Football Weekend' match! As the club strives to do more to help tackle climate change, together, we can make a difference for our planet!

 

As part of Green Football Weekend, the Trust and ECI have come together to set up collection bins across St James Park where fans can recycle children's sports kit to help others. Drop off your clean boots, trainers, shorts, tops, joggers, and hoodies!

 

All items donated will go to ECI’s Jelly charity shop on Fore Street, where, in August last year, the charity raised over £2,000 selling Exeter City replica kits from last season. The money was raised during a special event at the shop which also saw Exeter City football players Vincent Harper, Viljami Sinisalo, Ilmari Niskanen, Manager, Gary Caldwell and joint Managers of Exeter City Women, Abbie Britton and Aaron Wakley, meet and greet customers.


 

Speaking on the initiative, the Trust’s Community Working Group Lead, Steven Chown, said: “This scheme is a really practical opportunity to support a local charity and tackle the cost-of-living crisis.


"Children grow out of sports kit so quickly. Jelly has a reputation for providing high-quality clothing, at a low cost. This initiative will help ease the burden on hard-pressed families and shows the strength of the partnership with Exeter Community Initiatives.”

 

Green Football Weekend

 

Green Football Weekend is being marked at this Saturday’s match against Bristol Rovers with the following:

 

  • The aforementioned donation bins for children's sports clothes in aid of Jelly.

  • Those who take public transport to the match will be able to claim a free tea or coffee at SJP when showing a public transport ticket that has been used on the day, or proof of their journey.

  • There will be Exeter Foodbank donation points available at SJP, which will be used to purchase vegetarian food with funds raised.

  • Exeter Community Energy will be setting up gazebo on matchday at SJP to enable local people to own renewable energy and energy-saving projects.

  • City's Sustainability Officer, Travis Bramley, will be on the club's Park Life Podcast to talk about the campaign.

  • The Big Screen and LED boards will be used to share key messages around the campaign.

  • The matchday programme, The Grecian will feature coverage of the campaign and some healthy recipes.

  • The Club will donate tickets to a couple of environmentally-minded charities.

  • In hospitality, the default menu has been swapped to a vegetarian option to give supporters the option to try a more sustainable lunch (meat option available on request).

  • There will be a Sunday morning litter pick around SJP with Exeter City Council and sponsors Optimising IT.

 

Make a Pledge

 

As part of our participation, we invite you to join us in making a pledge in support of Exeter City on Pledgeball, a website that mobilises football fans to bring about change by reducing their environmental impacts.

 

By making a pledge, you will help Exeter City in our Pledgeball League campaign and join fans across the world in pledging to take action to #ProtectWhereWePlay.

 

Pledgeball is based on scientific research that shows that collective action can have a significant impact on reducing carbon emissions. You can pledge in support of Exeter City by visiting this link and choosing one or more of the following pledges:

 

  • Switching off lights and appliances when not in use

  • Using public transport or cycling instead of driving

  • Eating less meat and more plant-based foods

  • Buying local and seasonal food

  • Avoiding single-use plastics

  • Recycling and composting waste

  • Planting trees or supporting reforestation projects

 

You can also create your own pledge based on your personal preferences and goals. The more pledges you make, the higher your position in the Pledgeball League table. You can see how other fans are doing and get inspired by their pledges.

 

How to make a pledge

 

To report your pledges on Pledgeball, simply click on 'Make A Pledge' on this page and enter the club name (Exeter City), locate the fixture (3 February vs Bristol Rovers), click on Exeter City, enter your name, email address, and your chosen pledges. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to update your pledges after matchday.

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