14 Jul 2022

By: Sport Industry Group

UK-based environmental football non-profit Football For Future and free streaming platform WaterBear have announced the release of Play On, a short film featuring Premier League club, Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Bruno Saltor Grau, first team coach and former club captain. 

Free to watch on WaterBear, the streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet) from Friday 15th July 2022, Play On explores the interrelationship between football and climate change.

The film premiered on Wednesday 13th July 2022 at the Aegean Film Festival in Greece, and was made possible by WaterBear’s ReScript The Future competition, which offers young storytellers the chance to visualise a better tomorrow and turn it into an aspiring short film. Barney Weston won the competition on behalf of the organisation he is Director of, Football For Future. He is the film’s Assistant Director and Producer

Bruno Saltor Grau, Brighton & Hove Albion FC first team coach and former captain, said, “It’s important football begins to acknowledge how climate change is going to affect our beautiful game - and that we act now. I am not perfect. My club is not perfect - we know we still have work to do, improving the club’s environmental performance, but we’re very proud of the positive changes we’ve made at Brighton  so far, and to have taken part in this short film. In the Premier League, it’s our job to lead the way.” 

Barney Weston, Play On Assistant Producer & Director and Football For Future Director, commented, “It was a real pleasure working with everyone involved on this short film. Awareness of the interrelationship between football and climate change is low, but short, dynamic and powerful content like this can make the difference. It’s extra time, but it’s not too late to score a last minute winner.”

Andrea Walji, Head of WaterBear Studios, added, “It has been a real pleasure to be working on the Rescript The Future Competition for the second year running. At WaterBear, we love to work with young upcoming creative talents to bring new ideas to life. Barney’s application stood out as we have never explored how football can be a force for good before.

As one of the two winners of the competition, Barney had a chance to be assisted in production by our WaterBear production crew and make this short film from start to finish. We are proud to have been given this opportunity to shine a light on how solutions to the climate crisis can be found in the most unexpected of places and we look forward to running this competition again next year.”