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Planet Super League: Walsall One of 49 Clubs Taking Part in CUP26 Tournament

Walsall are among a group of 49 clubs set to take part in the CUP26 tournament.
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The biggest-ever football campaign on combating climate change, with 49 club community organisations involved, has begun with the launching of the CUP26 tournament.

The campaign is encouraging supporters to carry out sustainable activities in a tournament against fans of other clubs; whilst Premier League and EFL broadcaster Sky are also partnering with Tottenham Hotspur to host the world's first net-zero carbon football game against Chelsea on Sunday, 19th September.

Planet Super League and Count Us In have joined forces to create the tournament, which is aimed at raising awareness of the role football can play in becoming more sustainable and protecting the environment.

Fan action on climate will determine the tournament winner, and supporters can sign up at CUP26.co.uk and score goals for their club by competing in environmentally-friendly activities. Clubs will play weekly fixtures against their rivals, and the club whose supporters score the most goals wins the match.

There are 100 goalscoring activities on the website, including having a plant-based meal, cycling and walking to work and school, and the Lucas Moura-supported 'No Moura Landfill', where fans are invited to show off their football skills while recycling. The tournament trophy will be awarded to the tournament winner in the first week of COP26.

It comes with seven weeks to go until COP26, the UN climate change conference which will be hosted by the United Kingdom in Glasgow.

Tom Gribbin, CEO of Planet Super League, said; "CUP26 is our largest tournament, with over half the professional football clubs in the UK taking part.
 
"Fans of all ages can represent their club, do their bit for the planet, and help compete for the trophy.
 
"We're delighted to be working alongside Count Us In, and we look forward to sharing exciting moments and surprises as the season unfolds."

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King says fewer Spurs fans are driving to games following the announcement Sky has partnered with Tottenham to host the world's first net-zero carbon football game at an elite level when they face Chelsea

Allegra Stratton, the Prime Minister's spokesperson to COP26 said; "The COP26 climate summit is our best chance for world leaders to come together to fight climate change and protect our planet for future generations.
 
"Children, schools, and communities are already playing their part by going one step greener - finding ingenious ways to bring down their own carbon emissions - and now their steps will give their beloved football club the chance to win the CUP26 tournament.
 
"I am excited to see so many top clubs joining forces to use the power of football to drive change.
 
"Every family, school and workplace across the country can take part in CUP26, for their club, their community and the planet."

The tournament kicks off on Monday, 13th September, and the first week's fixtures are listed below.

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Arsenal vs Burnley
Aston Villa vs Burton Albion
Cardiff City vs Walsall
Derby County vs Stoke City
Everton vs Luton Town
Fulham vs Bristol Rovers
Huddersfield Town vs Reading
Leeds United vs Cambridge United
Lincoln City vs Rotherham United
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough vs Wrexham
Northampton Town vs Notts County
Nottingham Forest vs Milton Keynes Dons
Plymouth Argyle vs Hibernian
Preston North End vs Ipswich Town
QPR vs Swindon Town
Sheffield United vs Chesterfield
Southampton vs Hull City
Swansea City vs Exeter City
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion vs Wycombe Wanderers
Wigan Athletic vs Shrewsbury Town

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