To support Green Football Weekend (3-6 Feb), Birmingham County FA and their award winning Save Today, Play Tomorrow programme pledged to make a donation to their charity partners, The Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust.
This donation was based on the total number of goals scored across 10 of their sanctioned league competitions. Each goal scored would be worth £1.50 with the donation being used to deliver vital environmental & nature restoration projects within the region.
We are pleased to say that our grassroots clubs did not hold back in hitting the back of the net with a grand total of 1458 goals scored, making the overall donation with an added bonus, a fantastic £2500.
These funds will be used by the regional Wildlife Trust to run their plastic waste collection boat for the next 12 months keeping our local rivers & canals free of plastic pollution.
Emma Thompson, Head of Fundraising and Communication at Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust said: “A huge thanks to Birmingham County Football Association for pledging to donate £2,500 to the Trust to mark Green Football Weekend 2023. We have big ambitions for nature’s recovery and unique partnerships like this are really important in helping us achieve our vision for a wilder Birmingham and Black Country.”
Richard Lindsay, Sustainability & Insights Manager at Birmingham County FA said: “Our relationship with the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust is relatively new and we wanted to raise its profile within the grassroots football community to recognise the important work the trust does in the region to help nature flourish. The Green Football Weekend was a perfect opportunity to do this, and we are proud to be able to support the plastic waste collection boat project over the next 12 months”.
Green Football Weekend was an exciting campaign that saw millions of football fans and their clubs gather for a weekend of football fun and competitive activities to help protect our planet.
It was the biggest movement of climate action in the footballing calendar, with more than 80 professional clubs involved, special 'greener games' being held by teams across the leagues, and Sky and BT Sport as broadcasting partners.
To find out more about Save Today, Play Tomorrow click here.