Climate change meets football!

13 December 2021

Over 150 young people took part in a football tournament last week organised by Brent Council and the Jason Roberts Foundation in aid of the Let’s Talk Climate conversation.

The tournament, which took place at Bridgestone Arena in Stonebridge, was organised to engage young people in a conversation about making local neighbourhoods greener and more sustainable.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Young people’s voices are crucial to helping shape the future of the borough.”

“The number of people who turned out for this event shows the level of commitment and passion from young people in Brent to protect the planet and learn more about changes we must make to be kinder to the environment.

“Thank you to everyone who came and for sharing all your brilliant ideas!”

Local ex-professional football players Edwin Stein and Derek Payne, and pioneering football referee JJ Roble, supported the event by refereeing the games.

Derek Payne, Coach and Mentor, said:

“We have been working with young people over the past eight months to look at ways we can encourage the community to think differently about how to save energy, re-use products, recycle and use green spaces more.

“Events like these go a long way in encouraging our community to think about such important topics in these challenging times.”

Feedback will help shape the delivery of two important council contracts up for renewal next year, which could change how the council manages waste and recycling, keeps the streets clean and maintains green spaces.

Residents can take part in the conversation online until 4 February 2021.