St Albans City Football Club has released plans to make Clarence Park more environmentally friendly with help from a number of sustainability initiatives.
Firstly, the club has introduced pre-paid ticketing and encourages all supporters to purchase tickets in advance and preferably download the bar codes to their mobile phones (with only essential printing being done). The club will then not need to pre-print papertickets on match days, of which many do not get used. With a substantial recycling project already in place during match days, including that of plastic drinking glasses, glass bottles, cardboard and cans the club has also banned plastic drinking straws – opting for paper counterparts in the Saints clubhouse wherefans will also have access to a free water refill station.
Biodegradable carrier bags will be on hand in the club shop where supporters can also purchase the new reusable water bottle.
The club kicked off the initiative at the recent Alban Festival Market where 100 of the branded bottles were handed out free to the community.
The match day programme for 2019/20 is also playing its part. Fans can now purchase a digital download straight to their smartphone or tablet prior to the games, with hard copies at the match being printed on recycled paper.
The clubs supporters club, ‘Stand By Your Saints’ have been working in partnership with the club to implement these initiatives.
We met with Plastic Free St Albans earlier this year and although we’ve still got some work to do, it’s a good step in the right direction.
We’ll continue to work with all local groups to make further progress but unfortunately we are restricted to what we can do at Clarence Park.Lee Wood, Chair of Stand By Your Saints
I am very proud of what this football club and its supporters are doing to tackle sustainability issues within our community and hope the measures we are undertaking are just the start of things to come.Club co-owner Lawrence Levy