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Forest Green brew up fresh kit idea

Forest Green Rovers has unveiled its latest solution to making football more environmentally friendly - a kit made from waste coffee grounds and recycled plastic.

The League Two high-fliers have been recognised by FIFA as the world's greenest club, having gone climate neutral in 2017, and is famously the first vegan football club.

And having worn a kit made from bamboo for the past two years, it has been working on new fabrics with kit partner PlayerLayer.

Club chairman Dale Vince, founder of Stroud green power company Ecotricity, said: "When we pioneered bamboo with PlayerLayer two years ago, it was considered a pretty revolutionary idea, and the thought of using coffee grounds is no less radical or surprising.

"It's time the world of football wakes up and smells the coffee about the future of the planet.

"If nothing else, this prototype kit will bring new flavour to that old cliche of grinding out a result."

The coffee-based fabric, which is lighter, more breathable and more durable than the bamboo kit, will be used for the first time at home to Colchester on Saturday.

PlayerLayer co-founder Rod Bradley said: "We believe that along with music and art, sport has the power to shape our culture and to drive change.

"As well as the environmental benefits, there are big performance benefits to using this new fabric."

The club will sell the match worn limited-edition prototypes with a special coffee blend from Cirencester-based Rave Coffee with proceeds will be split between Gloucestershire NHS and the One Tree Planted charity.

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