New ride app to give football fans a lift back to stadiums once UK lockdown ends

A pioneering new app is ready to connect football fans like never before when stadiums finally reopen.

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his roadmap out of the UK’s latest lockdown next week, there is renewed hope that football clubs will be able to safely welcome supporters back before the end of the season.

The FA Cup and Carabao Cup Finals are seen as potential test events ahead of this summer’s delayed Euro 2020, which sees Wembley play host to six key games – including the Final.

And now League Two promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers are leading the way with a groundbreaking lift ride initiative that will help fans travel together to games.

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Recognised by FIFA and the United Nations as the world’s greenest football club Forest Green moved to within one point of top place in the league on Tuesday night after they edged a 4-3 thriller against Oldham Athletic.

As the club waits to discover when their fans can return, they will work with carbon negative ride app SKOOT to offer help to supporters in need of important errands before the latest lockdown restrictions ease.

Through the app, fans are able to organise, request and arrange errands or lifts simply – and for every three rides, SKOOT plant a tree – meaning that every single journey helps the environment all at the touch of a button.

Founded in 1889, Forest Green has been on a decade-long journey towards sustainability under club chairman, Dale Vince – the green entrepreneur who founded Ecotricity.

Rovers became vegan in 2015, and became the world’s first carbon neutral football club in 2017, shortly after being promoted to the Football League for the first time.

With the smallest ground capacity in the football league, the club’s message is heard worldwide – reaching billions of fans every year, and fan clubs in over 50 countries.

"Every once in a while, there’s a club that lights up the world with their passion, innovation and flair," said SKOOT co-founder Mark Stringer.

"Forest Green Rovers is that club and we’re incredibly excited to be embarking on this journey.

"We share so many of the same values, not just in terms of the environment, but also the spirit of how you play.

"Football connects people emotionally and physically and brings communities together and we hope SKOOT Errands helps during these difficult times.

"The conversations and ambition we have for what we can do together is exciting. We believe we can innovate and provide a blueprint for other clubs and fans around the world."

Forest Green Rovers chief executive Henry Staelens added: "We share similar values to the team at SKOOT, and it’s good to be working with them.
"I am sure there are plenty of initiatives we can collaborate on, particularly around how our fans travel and interact."

::Download SKOOT now at the App and PlayStore and get running errands or have someone help you via new feature Errands. For more information about SKOOT and its Errands function, visit: www.skootride.com

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