Russell Martin Becomes a Planet League Ambassador

Planet League is the unique sustainability tournament where football fans score goals for their club by completing green activities like having a meat-free meal, using the car less and avoiding plastic waste by using reusable bottles.

Planet League’s most recent tournament ran in October and November, which saw over 74,000 individual climate actions completed by supporters of 77 professional football teams.

Swansea City head coach, Russell Martin has today agreed to become the latest ambassador for Planet League. Russell will use his platform and status in the game to inspire fans and communities to get involved and take climate action, something he is very passionate about.

The Russell Martin Foundation has joined forces with Planet League and is working with primary and secondary schools across Sussex as part of their football and education programmes, to encourage these schools to get involved in Planet League.

Planet League’s next tournament forms part of Green Football Weekend, a national campaign with partners including Sky, BT Sport, The Football Supporter’s Association, Count Us In and others. It will run from 17th January to 5th February where supporters will score goals for their clubs by taking action and will feature several professional clubs holding sustainability themed match days during 3rd to 5th February.

Russell Martin, Swansea City Head Coach said: “As someone who has long championed the need for football to play its part in helping to tackle the climate emergency, I’m delighted to be a Planet League Ambassador and for the Foundation to be involved in Planet League. It’s a great and practical way for schools to get involved in what is such a vital issue and I’m looking forward to seeing the schools that we work with across Sussex take part and compete to be the greenest!”

Tom Gribbin, CEO Planet League, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Russell and his Foundation to promote sustainable living to football fans. It’s fantastic to have a professional football manager speak out for the planet and we hope more players and managers will follow.”

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, and former leader of the Green Party, added, “Tackling the climate emergency needs everyone to take action - from politicians to sports stars, to young people. We can all take steps to make our communities, our country, and our planet greener. Planet League is a wonderful way of engaging young people and making real change happen.”

Maheta Molango, CEO Professional Footballers Association (PFA), said: “It’s great to see Russell taking a lead in an area we know he is passionate about. As well as being a distinguished manager and player, Russell wants to use his profile to make a change and to give back, not least through his successful and impactful work with the Russell Martin Foundation. It’s great to see our members lending their support and raising awareness of such important issues at local club level.”

Planet League example activities include:

LayerUp - Put on as many layers of clothing in 30 seconds

No Moura Landfill - Show off your football skills while recycling, backed by Lucas Moura

Leg power 5k - Go for a walk/cycle instead of using the car

Pumped up - Pump up your car tyres

Screens off - Try a screen-free evening

Over the line - Hanging out the washing instead of using the tumble drier

Smart move - Get a smart meter installed

Snap a bug - Get into nature and identify an insect

Meat-free meal - Eat a meat-free meal

Bug stadium - Build a football stadium for the bugs

Fergie time food - Grab some yellow ticket food from the supermarket

No moo milk - Try plant-based milk

Charity shop drop - Donate a bag of preloved clothes

About Planet League

Planet League is a behaviour-tech entertainment platform using the power of sport to drive action on climate change. Planet League’s unique technology platform includes a virtual assistant referee (VAR) system, where actions taken by fans are verified. To date, over 150,000 verified actions have been taken by fans.

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