Soccer-Eco-friendly Forest Green Rovers receive UN award

Sept 28 (Reuters) - League Two side Forest Green Rovers’ eco-friendly initiatives received recognition from the United Nations on Thursday, as the club won the Momentum for Change climate action award.

Rovers, who are currently eighth in the fourth tier of English soccer, have won admirers from around the world thanks to their green ethos, becoming the first vegan club in England and the first to become carbon neutral.

“We’re pretty chuffed to have this recognition from the UN for our work in promoting sustainability through sport,” Rovers chairman Dale Vince said.

Apart from a vegan menu, the club has also incorporated a host of eco-positive features including an organic pitch, electric car chargers and a solar powered robot lawnmower.

“Plenty of people doubted we could make this improbable combination of a football club and the environment work, but it’s proven to be a powerful combination,” Vince added.

Rovers, who are based in the southwest county of Gloucestershire, are now looking to build the world’s first modern-age wooden soccer stadium.

The UN award was presented at the Climate Week NYC, one of the key sustainability summits in the international calendar, in New York. Rovers will now travel to the next UN climate change conference in Katowice, Poland in December. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)