Vålerenga Football Elite Joins The ‘We Play Green’ Project

17 June 2022

Vålerenga Football Elite Joins The ‘We Play Green’ Project

As the first Norwegian football club, Vålerenga Football will enter into a collaboration with Morten Thorsby’s environmental project, ”We play green”. A project that wants to use football to save the planet. On Tuesday night, several hundred gathered on the Heming field to hear the national team and Sampdoria players talk about the road to the top, and not least their burning commitment to the climate and the environment.

“The Number 2 community” is a group of professional football players who want to use their voices and platforms to spread the message about the climate challenges we face. 

“When I was asked to join the # 2community, there was never any doubt. I have always cared a lot about climate and the environment, and this is a very nice opportunity to be able to contribute to something positive.”

Christian Borchgrevink, Football player and ambassador of Vålerenga Football Elite

In addition to the announcement of the new #2 community players, Christian Borchgrevink and Emil Bohinen, Greenbag was also launched. This is an environmentally friendly bag that will be placed around sports arenas in Oslo so that used training clothes and shoes can be handed in and recycled. 

“VFE is, and always has been, a socially engaged club. The climate threat is one of the biggest challenges on the planet and we want to be part of the solution. Oslo Municipality aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2030, and we as a club naturally want to do our part to help achieve this goal. We are very happy to be part of the climate network of Oslo Municipality.”

Erik Espeseth, General manager of Vålerenga Football Elite

Vålerenga Football Elite has a clear environmental profile in its new strategy and thus it is completely natural to collaborate with Oslo Municipality to achieve the city’s ambitious climate goals. Vålerenga Football Elite is in the process of preparing a plan for various measures that will be natural for the club to implement, both in the short and long term. 

“We also want to involve our players to be good role models, not only in terms of discrimination and good attitudes as they have always been, but also related to climate. Last but not least, we have Norway’s best and most committed supporters. We will challenge our supporters to take small and large measures so that together we become part of the solution. We look forward to getting started with making Oslo a more climate-friendly city and an even more pleasant place to grow up, Espeseth concludes.” 

Erik Espeseth, General manager of Vålerenga Football Elite


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