The campaign aimed at raising awareness of the TACKLE Project has been given a boost thanks to backing from one of the most important sporting events of the year: UEFA’s European Under-21 Championship.

A shortened version of the TACKLE promo video is being shown on the big screens in the stadiums hosting the matches in the competition, which began on 16 June and is being played in Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Cesena, Trieste, Udine and Serravalle in San Marino. It represents a huge opportunity to introduce the public to the project and showcase the themes and objectives of the initiative, which aims to increase awareness of the issue of sustainability.


In addition to the tournament, the TACKLE team – coordinated by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa – has continued to work hard on a number of fronts. On the last two match-days of the season, interviews were conducted with fans at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to gauge the level of engagement around the topic of the environment. The Stadio Olimpico will be the venue for the inaugural match of the upcoming UEFA European Championship in 2020, as well as hosting two further group-stage games and a quarter-final clash.

The interviews were organised following a productive meeting between CONI officials responsible for the management of the Foro Italico complex and researchers from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, in which the work group explored various aspects linked to the running of the complex from the perspective of environmental sustainability. This made it possible to complete an initial assessment of the complex based on the TACKLE project guidelines and thus agree action to take as part of a pilot scheme.

More specifically, the work group looked at water consumption (toilets, irrigation of green spaces and water supply), energy consumption and environmental monitoring based on available KPIs. Also considered was the consumption of plastic, linked to the need to replace seats every season, but also as regards the recycling of plastic with the aim of reducing the amount of plastic destined for landfill. An analysis of the lighting system in place in the complex was also completed.

The results will be assessed – together with data gathered by other partners – at the third meeting to be organised by AMIU in Genoa on 11 July, when potential pilot schemes will be unveiled for the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels and the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville. Visits to pilot stadiums in Romania and Sweden will also be planned.

FIGC sent a delegation to the EU Green Week – the environmental sustainability event organised by the European Commission – in Brussels in May. The aim of the three-day initiative was to raise awareness of the correct methods of application for EU regulations designed to improve air and water quality, protect nature, enhance recycling processes and optimise waste treatment.