Football and Energy Companies


This month, the world’s first major net-zero carbon football match took place in the UK. #GameZero was aimed to help raise awareness about the impact that climate change is having on our planet. Hopefully, the event will inspire more fans to add simple changes to their habits to reduce their carbon footprint.

With COP26 almost here, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC, in partnership with Sky, will focus on raising awareness about energy usage. #GameZero will be the first of many global attempts to use sports to highlight the climate crisis.

But what other football clubs in the UK have deals with energy companies?

Utilita

Utilita have the biggest connection with football clubs across the UK. Sponsoring more than 25 men’s and women’s clubs all over England, Scotland and Wales, as well as partnering with the English Football League.

Utilita host many events within local communities too. This includes powering community projects, helping to grow grassroots football and supporting disability football. There is also the Utilita Kids Cup & Girls Cup, some of Britain’s biggest youth football tournaments.

So, what football clubs do Utilita sponsor?

TeamLeague
Bristol Rovers FCEFL League Two
Brentford FCPremier League
Bradford City FCEFL League Two
Celtic FCScottish Premiership
Crystal Palace FCPremier League
Derby County FCEFL Championship
Doncaster Rovers FCEFL League One
Dundee United FCScottish Premiership
Eastleigh FCNational League
ESFAInternational
Glasgow City FCSWPL 1
Hibernian FCScottish Premiership
Leeds United FCPremier League
Lincoln City FCEFL League One
Luton Town FCEFL Championship
Norwich City FCPremier League
Portsmouth FCEFL League One
Rangers FCScottish Premiership
Scunthorpe United FCEFL League Two
Sheffield United FCEFL Championship
Southampton FCPremier League
Sunderland AFCEFL League One
Whitehawk FCIsthmian League South East Division
Wycombe Wanderers FCEFL League One

The Energy Check

The Energy Check recently became a sponsor for reigning Scottish Premiership champions Rangers FC. They will have their name on the back of the Rangers shirt for the 2020/21 season, with a three year deal in place.

On top of this sponsorship, The Energy Check will have an influence on the home of Rangers FC, Ibrox Stadium. LED boards and interview backdrops will display their logo as well as the lower back of all shirts.

As well as Rangers FC, The Energy Check have partnerships with numerous other clubs in the UK, as well as Rugby and Cricket teams too. Some of these include:

  • Huddersfield Town FC
  • Blackburn Rovers FC
  • Birmingham City FC
  • QPR FC
  • Millwall FC
  • St Mirren FC
  • Cheltenham Town FC
  • Falkirk FC
  • Oxford City FC
  • Kilmarnock FC
  • Cambridge United FC

Yü Energy

Nottingham based Yü Energy became a sponsor for Bolton Wanderers Football Club, with a deal until the end of the 2020/21 playing season.

The business energy and water supplier would provide utilities, as well as a host of energy related initiatives such as electric vehicle charging points at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Since 2017, Yü Energy has supplied energy to Bolton and after the Northern club fell into administration, Yü Energy was able to work closely with BWFC, finding a solution to help establish a mutually beneficial partnership.

Bulb Energy

Green energy supplier, Bulb, sponsors the historic English club Nottingham Forest who play in the Championship, as well as Dulwich Hamlet, playing in non-league. Bulb will sponsor the official Player of the Month competition too.

The City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest will be supplied with 100 per cent renewable electricity which will reduce the carbon impact by 1,830kg per match. Fans of the club will also benefit from Bulb.

Fans that decide to switch to Bulb will receive £50 credit as well as £10 donated to the Nottingham Forest Community Trust with each switch. For Dulwich Hamlet, £50 will be given to the 12th Man Scheme with each switch. This is a project that helps pay players’ wages and make new signings.

Ecotricity

One of the greenest energy companies in Britain, it only made sense that Ecotricity partnered with the notoriously eco-friendly Forest Green Rovers. Forest Green Rovers are the world’s greenest football club, aiming to use their platform to share the green message to sports fans worldwide.

Ecotricity have used their ideas and technology to create a sustainable football club. In 2017, Forest Green Rovers were officially registered as the world’s first vegan football club and the world’s first carbon neutral football club, certified by the United Nations.

Forest Green Rovers work with Ecotricity in many of their initiative techniques, such as using recycled rainwater, having an organic pitch as well as using 100% green energy.

Saltire Energy

Since 2014, Saltire Energy has sponsored and supported the Scottish premiership side Aberdeen Football Club. Stating with supporting the youth teams at Aberdeen Football Club, Saltire Energy began the ‘Saltire in the Community’ in 2008, a programme aimed at benefitting young people in the local area.

Saltire Energy is a well-known supplier of drilling equipment to the global oil and gas industry. It was founded in 1986, with headquarters based in Portlethen Aberdeen.

Utilita Switch Before Pitch

As mentioned earlier, Utilita has a strong presence in football across the UK, sponsoring many clubs and organisations. They have a successful initiative called Switch Before Pitch, helping grassroots football clubs to save money.

They teamed up with former England and Premier League goalkeeper David James to show what football equipment local grassroots football clubs could afford when they add small changes to the way they use energy. Below is the table from Utilita’s Switch Before Pitch campaign.

Simple action to save energySaving per player (per household per year)Saving per team (for 11 households per year)Football equipment for your club
When your mum isn’t looking switch the heating down by 1 degree (she won’t notice the difference)£80£880Team football strip £250 2 x goals £250 Team training tops £180 10 x training footballs £80 First aid bag £25 Team Trophies £95
Unplug your games console and phone charger when they’re not in use£30£3302 x portable goals £264 12 x corner flags & poles £66
Turn off at the plug, and don’t use standby£30£3304 x training rebounders £300 1 x handheld rebounder £30
Turning off your light when leaving your bedroom or the changing room£14£15415 x cones £54 30 x hurdles £140
Washing your football kit at a lower temperature (30 instead of 60)£9£991 x agility speed training kit £99
Total£163£1,793£1,793

Octopus Energy

In 2016, Arsenal FC partnered with Octopus Energy to switch to 100% green electricity. They were the first club to ‘go green’ in the Premier League and it didn’t stop with the electricity. At the training ground, a water recycling system was installed which was used for the pitches, then re-used for other irrigation.

Octopus Energy also supported Arsenal FC with a tree planting scheme, with almost 2,000 trees planted across 50 schools all over the UK.

Southampton FC

Now, this isn’t exactly a sponsorship with an energy supplier, but we thought it was worth an honourable mention. In 2014, Southampton FC became the first European club to have LED lighting in their stadium, St Mary’s.

This ground breaking change was soon followed by many more clubs across Europe adopting this strategy to their stadiums too, with Arsenal FC also investing in LED light systems shortly after.

The financial savings from switching to LED lights gave these clubs a long term advantage over others, with football clubs relying heavily on saving every penny to make room for new transfers.

LED lights can show over 16 million colours in stadiums and are 60% more energy-efficient than traditional lighting systems used in other UK stadiums. When you consider the impact on the climate too, this simple switch will save 362 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.


BES Utilities

Fleetwood Town Football Club is sponsored by BES Utilities, having been involved with the North West football club for 16 years. The sponsorship will have the BES Utilities logo shown on both the club’s match and training kit.

With its head office based in Fleetwood, the independent gas and electricity supplier was founded in 2002 and supplies businesses all over the UK.

Northern Gas and Power

Northern Gas and Power have a sponsorship deal with Hartlepool United FC. Northern Gas and Power were the first-ever named stadium sponsor at Hartlepool United FC and sponsored the away kit.

This unique partnership saw the energy supplier offer free advertising at Hartlepool United FC for any business that works with Northern Gas and Power. This could be in the math day programme, on the side of the pitch or even a player’s shirt sponsor.

Northern Gas and Power work with many businesses to help reduce their carbon footprint and to save money. They offer bill monitoring and energy monitoring too. Being able to offer free advertising is a great way to entice customers to work with the energy supplier, a great end to our list.

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