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Building awareness on football and the environment

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Building awareness on football and the environment

To mark World Environment Day, the Wolves staff kicked off their partnership with Football For Future by participating in a new football and environment training.

Wolves staff have participated in a new football & environment training for club staff, kicking off their partnership with the environmental non-profit Football For Future.

Over 30 senior staff from all club departments attended - and over 95% agreed football clubs have a responsibility to implement environmentally sustainable operations, and to raise awareness of climate change. The club is the first to participate in Football For Future’s new football & environment training for club staff. The training was delivered in-person at the Molineux Stadium in April 2022. The Football For Future team also completed a site visit at the Molineux Stadium.

The training had three aims:

  • Improve club staff awareness of climate change and its interrelationship with football
  • Help club staff understand the role Wolves can play in tackling climate change
  • Inspire and empower club staff to engage with sustainability in their personal and professional lives

The training covered the fundamentals of climate change, the interrelationship between football, sustainability and the natural environment and explainers on key sustainability concepts and terminology, including carbon footprint and circular economy. The partnership between the Wolves and Football For Future and plans for the club’s sustainability journey ahead were also discussed

Football For Future found success across all three aims. Notably, 100% of club staff agreed football clubs have a responsibility to implement environmentally sustainable operations and 95% agreed football clubs have a responsibility to raise awareness of climate change.

The announcement comes on World Environment Day, Sunday 5 June 2022, as part of the UN’s #OnlyOneEarth campaign.

Football For Future is offering their football & environment training to all football clubs and organisations as a stand-alone training or as part of a wider sustainability partnership.

Wolves Facilities, Safety & Security Director, Steve Sutton, said: “Wolves have a huge responsibility to respond to climate change. We are a big player in the city of Wolverhampton. We have a huge social outreach within the community, so from a social responsibility point of view - it’s huge for us to try and educate and inform people as well as take action ourselves.”

Wolves Head of Academy Operations, Laura Nicholls, said: “It’s a really good opportunity for us to learn some key terminology. To really educate and empower different Heads of Department at the club. It really helped us identify how we as a football club and as a department can support and help. I would wholeheartedly recommend the training to other clubs and colleagues. I thought it was an excellent course.”

Football For Future Head of Sustainability & Project Lead, Thom Rawson, said, “It was great to deliver this training to so many senior Wolves club staff, who demonstrated a real commitment to our partnership both through their active participation, and their appreciation that each and every team at the club has an essential role to play on this sustainability journey."

The delivery of this football & environment training to club staff, kicking off the partnership between Football For Future and Wolves, is the first step in the club’s journey to becoming industry leaders in environmental sustainability. The partnership also includes:

  • Development of a club-wide environmental sustainability strategy, underpinned by departmental action plans and including a headline club commitment to environmental sustainability
  • A comprehensive review of the club’s environmental bootprint and current performance
  • A public launch, engaging Wolves fans in the climate conversation

World Environment Day is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and has been held annually on 5 June since 1974. It is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world. This year it is hosted by Sweden. “Only One Earth" is the campaign slogan, with the focus on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 13:00

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