Young people team up with Watford FC for a sustainable world.
Today (12th August 2023) is the United Nation’s International Youth Day, with this year’s theme Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World.
Watford FC and its Community Sport and Education Trust are supporting International Youth Day by reinforcing their joint commitment to becoming sustainable, supporting the environment, and educating young people to develop greener ideas in the community. This is part of an environmental sustainability strategy that looks to minimise their impact on the environment, as well as collaborate with and inspire communities to follow in our footsteps towards sustainability.
This year alone the Trust have worked with over 12,000 young people with many of their projects embedding targets around environmental sustainability. A lot of these projects encourage social action projects in which young people give back to their community and environments, for example, litter picking and gardening.
A particular example of social action projects is one delivered as part of Premier League Primary Stars. The Trust worked with local primary schools on learning about environmental issues and what ideas they could create to help the Club and Trust to be more environmentally sustainable.
Woodlands Primary School competed against other schools to win over a panel of judges with an outstanding water bottle design. With over 13 billion plastic water bottles being used and 5.5 billion entering our oceans or landfills, this was a great start for staff to have their own water bottle to use and promote to others they work with.
Ben Wells, School Sport Manager at Watford FC Community Sport and Education Trust said:
“The children of Woodland Primary not only came up with the important idea of reusable water bottles for all Trust staff, but they also came up with educational designs to further raise awareness on this issue. We congratulate all the pupils at Woodlands Primary for their hard work and look forward to teaming up with many more local primary schools in the future.”
While green skills are relevant for people of all ages, the Trust and Club continue to educate and increase young people’s engagement in these activities as outlined in their environmental sustainability strategy and action plan.
Tarang Panchal, Head of Procurement and Sustainability at Watford FC commented,
“We stand together not only to measure and reduce our own carbon footprint to Net Zero but inspire and inform our fans and followers to take action themselves to
magnify our efforts. Our Community Trust plays a crucial hands-on practical role in delivering to the communities around us.”
To find out more about what the Club and Trust are doing for environmental sustainability please visit www.watfordfc.com/info-and-policies