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The Ball: Football’s Olympic Torch

The Ball 2014

The Ball is a symbol of tradition, fair play and respect and a celebration of football’s capacity to bring people together all over the world.

New Model Army’s “Beautiful Game”

Music (acoustic) with the well-known American musician Keller Williams performing the song “Still Running” about climate action – written by and performed with his 17 year old daughter Ella Williams.

Poetry on climate change and climate action.

Facilitated discussions about sport and climate action.

Ball signings after kick-off – anyone in the park can sign The Ball.

Virtual Pledge event by our partner Pledgeball, whereby anyone can make a sustainable lifestyle pledge via an event QR code.

Picnic – people are welcome to bring a blanket and enjoy the great street food & bars on offer at the event.

The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.