In April 2023 Southampton FC teamed up with their energy sponsors Utilta to run the Saints Planet League - a tournament to find the greenest Southampton fan. It was the first time one of our tournaments brought together a club and one of its commercial partners.
Southampton have been real pioneers on football club sustainability - they launched their Halo Effect programme in 2020 to give a proper framework to sustainability action, rather than just taking ad hoc measures.
Their projects have included measures to cut single-use plastic, promoting park and ride and car-free transport, a tree-planting initiative called Home Grown, beach cleaning and taking part in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Team Wilder project to promote biodiversity, and running a “greener game” around the match v Arsenal on Earth Day 2022. As well as taking part in several Planet League tournaments and Green Football Weekend!
Here is Theo Walcott staring in this feature from Sky Sports. Well worth a watch.