Field of Dreams: Creating a Grassroots Net Zero Football Club

A United Nations official from the ‘Football for the Goals’ initiative is to talk at a DMU event, which details how the university is helping to create a net-zero community football club.

The free event, called Field of Dreams, is part of the Leicester Business Festival and takes place on Friday 11 November in Heritage House 2.28 from midday to 1.30pm.


Earlier this year, Leicester Nirvana FC asked experts at DMU if they could support their ambition to become the United Kingdom’s first grassroots net zero football club. Using the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, exciting plans have been developed to progress this vision. The aim is to help clubs become net zero in carbon emissions in all aspects of the game. This includes travel, players’ diets and nutrition, the kits the players wear to train, clubhouses and lighting, recycling practices and inclusive values.

The event will provide an overview and update of the project, with contributions from:

  • Carlos Islam from the UN’s Department of Global Communications, which manages the ‘Football for the Goals’ initiative

  • Ivan Liburd of Leicester Nirvana

  • Amy Drucquer of Victoria Park Queens

  • Sebastian Bubner of German community team SG Eintracht Peitz.

Since its inception, the project has received a lot of interest and input from amateur sports clubs, researchers, businesses, public officials and the local community.

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in the project to learn about the innovations so far, find out more and consider getting involved.

Go to the Leicester Business Festival website to reserve your place. 

Posted on Wednesday 9 November 2022

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