Meeting old and new friends at Wembley

Back where it all began

London St Pancras International: The Ball is coming back to where its journey began on 10 July 2022, ready to meet old friends and make new ones. With a little delay, The Ball and Jenny arrived at Wembley stadium where they ran straight into the arms of our wonderful partner organisations Pledgeball and Football for Future. After almost 2 years of contact with many of the people using sport to tackle climate change, there are still some we haven’t met face to face including the fantastic Lovely Lew – who is behind GreenSportsBlog and EcoAthletes and thanks to who The Ball was able to meet for example Gary Gilliam, the former American football offensive tackle in the US. So being at Sport Positive felt in many ways like a class reunion and hardly anyone could resist signing The Ball. In fact, our little fellow was so popular that it was almost impossible to focus on the thematic panels and the incredible speakers discussing, among other things,  

– Learning from Recent Major Sustainability Strategies 

– UNFCCC: Insights For Sport To Set The Pace For Climate Action 

– Moving From Commitment To Action 

 

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, only one Spirit member was able to accompany The Ball. Luckily, we have such wonderful partners and friends in the field that we could fully rely on their support with the incredibly important tasks of making sure as many people as possible get to head and sign The Ball and make their climate pledge. 

 

In the evening, The Ball was invited to join Team Pledgeball for a social gathering which ended in half the summit coming over to have dinner and continue chatting. Guided by the brilliant Ben Mole, Jenny and The Ball arrived with one day delay at their host’s house. Tom McCabe who is a historian currently writing a book about US soccer history and a friend of Andrew welcomed the duo to his home and made them feel very welcome. Unfortunately, with the conference going on, there was not that much time to chat, yet the morning coffee was very well spent with interesting conversations about – you guessed it right – football/soccer. Once again, a massive thank you to Tom for hosting us, the short but lovely talks and for being so incredibly flexible – as travelling with The Ball hardly ever goes as planned. 

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