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Blues join Planet Super League to help tackle environmental issues

David Wheeler drives forward new project enabling fans to help Wycombe climb the table.

8 July 2021

Wycombe Wanderers, in partnership with Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust, are delighted to have signed up to the Planet Super League, a friendly competition between clubs across the country which inspires football fans to live more sustainably.

The Chairboys’ involvement in the contest was officially launched today (Thursday) by midfielder David Wheeler, who introduced the club to the founders of the Planet Super League and says he’s keen to see as many Wanderers supporters as possible take part in actively looking after the environment for future generations.

“I take a real interest in what we can all do to help the environment and I’m really impressed by how the Planet Super League seeks to engage with football fans and inspire them to think differently as we go about our daily habits,” Wheeler said.

“There’s a really fun element to it with the competitive nature of winning points for your team and helping Wycombe Wanderers finish as high in the table as possible, as well as enjoying the activities together as a family. At the same time, we’ll all be playing our part to make a positive impact on the planet.”

Families play Planet Super League together, tackling green activities to protect the planet, win points for their football club, and track the impact they’re having on their carbon footprint.

Thousands of families all over the UK are taking part, representing 39 football clubs. There are over 60 planet-protecting activities on the Planet Super League website, with more being added all the time. They range from everyday actions like walking or cycling instead of driving, to ingenious ways to upcycle clothes or use old packaging in simple craft projects. There are activities to get football fans out of the house and interacting with nature, as well as creative challenges for rainy days.

Rich Holmes, Partnerships & Projects Manager at Planet Super League, said: “We’re delighted to have Wycombe Wanderers join us at Planet Super League, and are really excited to see how much impact the Chairboys’ fans can have on the planet!

“It’s brilliant to see professionals and role models like David using their voice on such important issues and speaking out about climate change and sustainability, and hopefully this inspires some fans of the club to take small actions that make a big difference to helping our planet through competing in Planet Super League
.”

Planet Super League is entirely free and simple to join. Just head to the website and sign up for a new account. You’ll be prompted to enter a Team Name, which might be your family name or group of friends, and then you can select Wycombe Wanderers from the next page entitled ‘Pick Your Club’. That means that every point you collect will be assigned to the Chairboys and help us climb the Super League.

Each time you complete an activity you either help reduce your carbon footprint, or do something that teaches you more about the environment and nature. Planet Super League wants to help reduce each household's emissions by two tonnes or more; that's about 10%.

Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) will also be challenging its participants on the Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme to get involved. PLPS is the Premier League’s flagship schools programme, aiming to provide sports teaching assistance in some form to all primary schools in England and Wales, and is delivered by WWSET in a number of local schools.

Billy Ready, Premier League Primary Stars Manager for WWSET, added: “Project Super League is a brilliant way of combining young people’s passion for football with a really important topic such as looking after our environment, and I know our participants will love logging their points and helping Wycombe Wanderers climb the league table.”

Each person living in the UK produces 5 to 10 tonnes of CO₂ per year. But the planet can only sustain 1 tonne of CO₂ being emitted per person.

By making changes to how we eat, travel, use energy and spend our time at home we can make a serious difference. It’s just like in football – learn new skills and adopt new habits to become a winner.


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