Héctor Bellerín has become the second-largest shareholder in Forest Green Rovers, recognised by Fifa and the United Nations as the world’s greenest football club. The Arsenal and Spain defender, who recently raised funds to plant almost 60,000 trees in the Amazon rainforest, will work in conjunction with the chairman, Dale Vince, on “raising the environmental agenda in football”, the League Two club said. Bellerín first became aware of Forest Green six years ago, when playing Forest Green in a friendly, and recently got in touch with the Gloucestershire club to see whether he could help support them in their drive for sustainability. Forest Green Rovers granted planning permission for all-wooden stadium Read more He is thought to have invested £250,000, acquiring a stake of about 2% in the club, which is majority owned by Ecotricity, the green energy firm founded by Vince. Forest Green became the world’s first carbon-neutral sports club in 2017. The club’s ground in Nailsworth is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and supporters. They are set to build a 5,000-seat ‘Eco Park’ , an all-wooden stadium, after being granted planning permission. “As I heard more about the club and its […]

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