Southampton Football Club is proud to release a review of the steps the club has taken in 2021 as it works to ensuring a sustainable future for our club, our fans and our community.
Just over a year since launching the club’s sustainability strategy, The Halo Effect, Southampton has been recognised as one of the leading teams in the Premier League for environmental sustainability having come third in the recently published 2021 Premier League Sustainability Table.
Fans can read the 2021 review, which highlights some of the major initiatives that are aiming to make the club more sustainable.
Initiatives launched in 2021 included the Home Grown Initiative, a pledge to plant 250 trees locally for every first team debut, a donation of £10,000 worth of presents to Southampton City Council’s Christmas Toy Appeal, and the No place for homophobia in Southampton campaign launched in partnership with hummel to show solidarity with the club’s LGBTQ+ fanbase.
David Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer for Southampton Football Club said: “Making a positive impact goes far beyond the pitch and we’ve been working hard over the past year to become a better and more sustainable club. Whether that be through cutting carbon and improving biodiversity to supporting equality and playing a key role in our local community.
“Our recognition among the Premier League’s top sustainable clubs is testament to our achievements to date and we now have other clubs coming to us to learn from our experiences and successes, which is a brilliant achievement, knowing that we are sharing best practice on such important and far-reaching issues.
“We have the people, expertise and resources to be able to really help become part of the solution to tackling both local and global challenges and our Halo Effect commitments are just the start of how we can positively impact our local community and the wider environment.”
Oriol Romeu, Southampton Football Club midfielder, commented: “After being involved in the launch of The Halo Effect a year ago, I’m delighted to see the progress that the club has made.
“Planting so many trees through the Home Grown Initiative and reducing single-use plastic are really positive steps and show how seriously the club takes its environmental responsibility.
“As a player, I’m proud that my club is taking this proactive attitude towards positive change and constantly working to become more and more sustainable.”
“I am also a firm believer in trying to ensure that we leave behind better people as well as a better planet and so I fully support the social and educative initiatives that the club and its partners have invested in. It’s inspiring to see the impact that these are having on the local and wider community.”
You can learn more about the action Saints are making to become more sustainable by visiting The Halo Effect site here, or you can view the full 2021 Sustainability Review here.
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