Gary Neville and Ecotricity kick off sustainable sport initiative with wind-powered Old Trafford testimonial
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England and Manchester United footballer Gary Neville is teaming up with the founder of Britain’s first green energy company, Dale Vince to make sport more sustainable.

An exciting new initiative 'Sustainability In Sport' unveiled at Old Trafford on Tuesday 24 May. All the electricity used during the game matched by electricity generated by Ecotricity’s 52 windmills across the UK, to effectively make it a ‘wind-powered’ game.

Sustainability In Sport is a new partnership supported by Gary and Dale, with the aim of taking the eco message into the world of sport. The environmental projects will be delivered by Sustainability In Sport, the first of which will be a community solar scheme in Manchester using Mitsubishi solar panels.

Gary and Dale came together through a shared passion for both football and green issues, with an ambition to make football and other sports more environmentally aware.

Dale Vince OBE, founder of Ecotricity, said:

“This new partnership is so exciting.  We're kicking off with a wind powered testimonial but that really is just the start.  Sustainability In Sport is a great idea, its mission is very close to our hearts (both mine and Gary's) - to take the eco message into the world of football and sport more generally.

“It's a new frontier and a new audience. And even better we're going to fund it with another partnership with Gary - with the income from a series of small scale wind projects, which we are going to develop together.  Wind energy and football hand-in-hand - I don't think there's anything you could dream up that fits more perfectly for me than this.”

Gary Neville said:

“I have recognised in the last two to three years the need to make personal changes in my life and reducing my environmental impact is going to be a five year transition for me and my family, but with planning permission for my new eco home being granted and my association with wind turbines, I’m on track to complete this journey.

“I believe sport crosses all boundaries and plays a significant role in many people’s lives. From my perspective we have to look at the effect sport has had on other issues over the last twenty years to see that when sport comes together with society, positive actions can happen.

“Sustainability in Sport and I are looking forward to working on this initiative with Dale and Ecotricity who are pioneers in this arena and that for me personally makes it very exciting.


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