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The Sports Climate Alliance Launches with a Run and a Swim!

What is the Sports Climate Alliance

The Sports Climate Alliance (SCA) is a Word Forest initiative that invites the sports, health and fitness communities to come together to form a winning team. Our ambitious goal is to use sport to create a sustainable future for the planet, for competitors and lovers of sport, for generations to come.

A website for the Sports Climate Alliance has been soft-launched and will be fully revealed, soon. People will be able to join the Alliance and make their pledge to the planet and they’ll be able to see a range of sporting events that they can get involved in as a participant, an observer and a supporter.

The SCA is been led and developed by our amazing volunteer, Connor McDonald, a very keen sportsman himself. Connor is a personal trainer and Team Captain and Assistant Coach of the Green Gazelles, the world’s first vegan rugby team: the Green Gazelles are also one of our fabulous Corporate Partners.

We’ve Got a Run!

The Sports Climate Alliance is kicking things off with a spectacular global community event to celebrate World Earth Day on Saturday 23rd April 2022!

We’d love you to be part of this champion collective by running, walking or jogging our 5k Fun Run on Saturday 23rd April 2022. Some of our team will be in Hyde Park, London that day and a bunch of amazing runners, including a fabulous bunch of supporters from Vegan Runners UK, are going to do their 5k through the park.

You’re welcome to join us in London but if you’re not able to make it, no problem, just do the 5k wherever you are over that weekend and if possible, raise a bit of money for Word Forest along the way.

For more details of how you can get involved and log your run, visit

There’s no hard and fast entry fee however we are encouraging people to donate £2.50 or more to Word Forest. That’s enough for us to plant a tree and contribute to another of our projects to help the tree planters on your behalf – thank you!

We’ve Got a Swim too!

Our CEO and Chair of Trustees, Tracey and Simon West are leading by example on the fundraising front. They’ll be swimming a mile across Lake Windermere on Saturday 12th June 2022 as part of the Great North Swim.

Tracey swam a mile across Lake Windermere and the River Thames back in 2009 and 2010 respectively. This will be Simon’s first time taking part in a mass participation sporting event as a fundraiser.

Tracey and Simon West: preparing to swim a mile across Lake Windermere
Co-founders of Word Forest, Tracey and Simon West

Tracey and Simon met as volunteer broadcasters on hospital radio. When Tracey suggested producing a short daily podcast to chart their  journey to swimming the mile, Simon loved it! 

Later that day, Episode One went out on Amazon MusicAnchorApple PodcastsCastboxGoogle PodcastsOvercastPocket CastRadio PublicSpotify and Stitcher.

Their short, funny, fly on the wall podcasts are available on a rapidly growing range of podcast platforms for your audible entertainment! You can even ask your smart device to “Play Trees Are The Key and All Things Eco’s podcast” and it’ll bring up that day’s episode.

Our only ask? If you like what you hear, please send a link to a friend recommending they tune in and let’s inspire as many people as we can to buy a tree or two, or to do a similar sponsored challenge to raise funds for Word Forest.

Mother Nature is holding a stopwatch and she’s counting on us all to go the extra mile!

The (Winning) Team

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