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Spurs & Nike Host Sustainability Workshop For Local Students

Proving once again that environmental issues are high on their agenda, Tottenham Hotspur and Nike have partnered to host a sustainability workshop for young people in the local community.

Spurs are well known for their environmental consciousness, having been named the Premier League’s greenest club following a study carried out by BBC Sport and the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit this year. It’s a reputation that’s well earned, and it was bolstered recently when they hosted the world's first net zero carbon football game at an elite level when they took on Chelsea on 19 September. And now they are looking to continue their good work by partnering with kit sponsors Nike to educate the local youth.

Spurs and Nike collaborated with sustainability experts, Football For Future for the educational workshop, which built off the work Nike have done recently with the Next Nature Football – a skills ball made entirely from recycled materials. The outer shell of the ball is formed from recycled airbag scraps and filled with 100 per cent recycled yarn trimmings that have been diverted from landfills.

Hosted at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the session focussed on the relationship between football and climate change and highlighted the small steps we can all make that will help make a big difference in the fight against climate change.

After the workshop, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation – the Club’s charitable arm which is dedicated to creating life-changing opportunities for people across its local community – delivered a football tournament hosted at the recently opened N17 Arena.

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Local students were put through their paces by our coaches on a revolutionary playing surface made from over 18,000 recycled trainers, delivered by Nike Grind. Each student was also gifted a Nike Nature Ball to take home.

After the session, one student commented: “The workshop was a really fun and creative way to learn more about sustainability and what we can all do to help make a difference. It was brilliant to then be able to play with the Next Nature Ball and see how it performs – it was great!

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Another participant said: “Climate change is a defining issue of our generation, and the future of football is going to be affected too. Before the session, I had never thought about the relationship between football and climate change, but I learnt a lot about this issue at the workshop.

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