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Bristol Rovers inspires fans to try a healthy veggie option as part of Green Football Weekend

Bristol Rovers Community Trust is delighted to announce the return of Green Football Weekend, the world’s biggest football campaign to tackle climate change. Bristol Rovers will be joining more than 80 professional UK clubs in the battle to protect our beautiful game. 

Today scoring opens for the Green Football Cup, where it’s not the players but fans that will decide the winner by taking climate-friendly action. This year Bristol Rovers are encouraging their legendary fans to download the free online Green Football Weekend Veggie Cookbook and try Women's Team player, Layah Douglas' Walnut and Pistachio Nut Roast with a Creamy Rosemary Sauce, to score a green goal for the club in the Green Football Cup. 

Bristol Rovers fans can choose from over 70 delicious veggie dishes provided by players, famous fans,  club nutritionists and chefs. They’ll also get the chance to win incredible prizes, including behind-the scenes experiences at Sky Sports and tickets for The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour. Fans can also share their delicious veggie dishes on social media, tagging #TransferToVeg.

Layah said "I've used a lot of different vegetarian recipes over the years, but I often go back this amazing Nut Roast with a Rosemary Sauce. It's absolutely packed with flavour, and my kitchen smells incredible when it's roasting in the oven. I've had it on a Sunday after a match, and it's the perfect post-game meal. It tastes even sweeter if we've bagged three points as well!"

To check out Layah's recipe in the Green Football Weekend recipe book, click here.

Eating more veg is not only good for health and performance on the pitch, but can also save you money. It’s also critical to protecting our world - if the UK’s football fans had one veggie meal a day, we could save the equivalent to removing 5.5M cars from the road each year.

Fans will also be able to get Bristol Rovers up the Green Football Cup table with other goal-scoring activities, including saving cash by choosing discounted ‘yellow-sticker’ food at the supermarket, having fun with the Green Football Weekend AI-recipe generator to decide your next veggie meal, switching to a green energy provider; walking, biking or taking public transport rather than driving; and recruiting friends and family to get involved. 

The future of football is at risk due to the effects of climate change, with 150,000 games already cancelled per year due to pitch flooding. By 2050, a quarter of UK football grounds will be flooded, with one in four teams expecting partial or total stadium flooding each year.


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