The green-and-white club aims to make society visible and mobilise in the fight against climate change through 35 actions that will take place both in the league match against the Catalan team and in those of the other sections. All teams will play with a special kit made from recycled material.

Real Betis Balompié and professional sport are once again showing their commitment to climate change with the Forever Green match, LaLiga’s match for sustainability, for the second consecutive season. This season it will be Real Betis ? RCD Espanyol, matchday 29 of the First Division that will be played at the Benito Villamarín Stadium on the weekend of 14-16 April, and which aims to promote the protection of the environment through numerous actions on the day of the match, including the use of a special kit made with recycled material.

For the first time, the Green and White Club extends this initiative to its sports sections, with Real Betis Baloncesto ? Unicaja will host the first of this season’s Forever Green matches on Sunday 26 March. The initiative was presented this morning by Ramón Alarcón, CEO of Real Betis, at the Seville Aquarium, a fundamental enclave for the conservation of nature and the protection of marine biodiversity, values that are very present in the philosophy of the Forever Green platform.

The event was attended by Luiz Felipe, Real Betis player; BJ Johnson, Real Betis Basketball player; Gaelle Thalman, goalkeeper of Real Betis Féminas; and Pablo Otero, Real Betis Futsal player.

One of the most spectacular moments of the presentation of the Forever Green match came when the special kit that the four teams will use in this historic event in the world of sport against climate change was unveiled. After the presentation of all the actions for sustainability, the curtain opened that allowed a diver to be seen in one of the tanks of the Aquarium who showed the special edition of the Real Betis shirt for this match and which, from this morning, can already be found in the Club’s official stores. both physical and online.

Following the principles of the circular economy, the Forever Green kit is made from 100% recycled polyester and the transfers that the teams will use in their four matches have been manufactured without the usual chemicals and components to meet sustainability criteria.

The design includes a template of a product worn out and soiled by the passage of time, alluding to the rule of the ‘3 R’s of ecology: reduce, reuse and recycle. As for the colour tones present in the shirts, those typical of a football field have been used: the verdigris of the grass and the brown of the earth.

In addition to this commemorative kit, Real Betis – RCD Espanyol will see the debut of the goal nets, which will be made with fishermen’s nets recovered from the bottom of the sea, thanks to the collaboration of Ecoballution. These same nets can be seen in the baskets of the Real Betis Baloncesto – Unicaja match of the Endesa League this Sunday.

Also, the seats on the third bench will be made of fishermen’s nets together with Gravity Wave, one of the sponsors of Forever Green. The corner flags, as well as the armbands that will be used during the match, are also made from recycled material.

During LaLiga’s sustainability match, players from both teams will say “no to plastic” with the use of reusable bottles instead of traditional water bottles.

For this occasion, the Benito Villamarín Stadium will have messages painted on its steps with tips to lead a more sustainable life and take care of the planet. The number of selective recycling containers inside the facilities will also be increased and plastic containers will be placed at the entrances for the recycling of caps before entering the premises.

As a symbol of the importance of caring for natural environments and reforestation, during the build-up to the match, Real Betis and RCD Espanyol will plant a tree and, in addition, the scort kids, who will accompany the players when they go out onto the pitch, will carry small plants with the collaboration of ASISA.

Among other actions, sustainable transport to the stadium on the day of the match will be promoted, offering promotional codes to fans so that they can travel on scooters, motorcycles and electric bicycles with the help of Voi, Lime and Acciona. Real Betis will provide the means to provide and inform about parking spaces for bicycles and personal scooters.

In addition, leftover food from the different food stands at the Benito Villamarín Stadium will be reused, including them in the To Good To Go App. For this match, Cruzcampo will bring its beer to the Stadium by sustainable transport.

Real Betis Féminas – Atlético de Madrid, which takes place on the weekend of 29-30 April, and Real Betis Futsal – UMA Antequera, from 13-14 May, will be the matches for sustainability in the Finetwork Liga F and in the First Division of the National Futsal League.

The Club will also measure the carbon footprint of the four aforementioned matches and the impact of these reduction measures, compensating it according to its possibilities, in order to continue taking steps towards carbon neutrality.

Last season’s match between Real Betis and Athletic Club de Bilbao and the actions carried out during LaLiga’s first sustainability match, they have already managed to save a total of 911 tCO2e compared to a normal match.

About Forever Green

Forever Green has been working for over two years in the fight against climate change, an effort that has made the organization one of the most environmentally committed football clubs in the world and the most sustainable team in LaLiga according to a study by Holaluz. Furthermore, Brand Finance recently ranked Real Betis as the second most sustainable European club due to initiatives such as its Forever Green program.

Since the birth of Forever Green, 88 actions have been carried out, such as cleaning natural spaces, installing a fleet of scooters and electric bicycles for the Club’s employees, in addition to promoting their use by fans through of discounts and recycling and awareness campaigns. Forever Green has gained worldwide recognition, reaching 598 million people and reaching 75 countries. Real Betis’ environmental program has been featured in 195 media outlets..

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