On the weekend of the 9th & 10th July, thousands of Rugby League fans will travel to the iconic St James’ Park to watch their beloved team at this year’s Magic Weekend extravaganza.
Spare a thought for a group of Warrington Wolves fans who will have made their journey on 2 wheels from one side of the country to the other. Leaving the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday 8th July, 20 cyclists will attempt to travel to Newcastle in time for the Warrington Wolves game against Catalans Dragons on Sunday 10th July. To coincide with the launch of the Warrington Wolves Sustainability Strategy, the players will be wearing a kit that is made from 70% recyclable materials and the cyclists will also be helping to protect the planet for future generations.
Wolves Foundation Chair, Peter Astley MBE, who is one of the cyclists this year was quick to highlight the importance of going green whilst raising vital funds to help the charity continue to change the lives of people in Warrington through sport;
“The Warrington Wolves have made a commitment to protecting the environment by implementing a number of new initiatives this year on matchdays which will help offset their carbon footprint moving forward. The annual Magic Weekend Bike Ride provides a perfect opportunity for the Warrington Wolves Foundation to play our part whilst raising money to support our sport, health and education projects for those most in need.
Foundation Chair Peter Astley MBE, pictured with his son Hayden after completing the cycle last year.
“Climate change is the greatest threat to the world’s population and as an organisation that is supporting and developing the young people of Warrington, it’s important that we do what we can to raise the profile of sustainability. Riding a bike is nearly 10 times more carbon-efficient than the most efficient petrol car so with 20 cyclists taking part this year, our footprint will be reduced by approximately 120 kg.
“In addition, we have introduced a number of new features this year to offset our emissions including a reduction in single use plastics and each of the cyclists will be planting a tree on their journey to Newcastle. Jacobs, our headline sponsor for this year’s fundraising challenge, has drawn on its knowledge of climate response and net-zero to highlight the economic, health and environmental benefits of going green and how every Warrington Wolves supporter can help create a sustainable future for everyone by making small changes in their life.”
The need to address the climate crisis is well established and immediate action is required. The partnership established with Jacobs is an example of how collaborating together can initiate positive change.
“At Jacobs, we have committed ourselves to ensuring that every project we undertake becomes a climate response opportunity and this is an approach we can all take in our daily lives to minimise human impact on the planet,” said Jacobs Vice President Operations, Martin Hinton.
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